A woman has fought off a man who attempted to sexually assault her in Taupo.
The attack happened last Thursday and police are calling for witnesses to help track the attacker down.
Detective Sergeant Tony Manunui, of the Taupo CIB, said the 22-year-old woman was walking down Heu Heu St about 10.45pm.
When she entered a service lane leading to the rear entrance of Urban Retreat Backpackers when she was approached by an unknown man and grabbed.
"A struggle between the pair ensued and the victim ended up on the ground but managed to fight her attacker off and scream for help."
The offender ran off towards Titiraupenga St.
Police have looked at CCTV from the area but would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area at the time.
They also want to hear from anyone who recognises the man pictured.
Anyone with any information should contact the Taupo Police on (07) 378 6060 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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