victim of an attempted abduction in Dunedin hopes the public
will recognise a police sketch of the man ''to help get this
person get off the street''.
Yesterday police released a sketch of the man based on a
description supplied by the 25-year-old Dunedin woman. Last
Saturday night, the woman was walking home from the Octagon
after being unable to get a taxi due to the long lines of
people waiting for them after the All Blacks v Australia
In Princes St, she began talking to a ''normal, young,
friendly sober dude'' near the Oval and opposite the bus
''There was nothing bizarre about the conversation; we spoke
for 10 to 15 minutes ... just about the rugby and weather,
The pair parted ways when they got to Hillside Rd and she
continued walking down the street.
''I didn't think he was there. I thought I was walking on my
The man then yelled an offensive comment and as she made her
way to the road to text someone, he rushed at her, grabbed
her and lifted her some 10m into some bushes at Bathgate
''My instinct was limbs, kick, scream, punch, everything.
''I made enough commotion for him to give up, drop me and run
The man was last seen running across Bathgate Park in the
direction of Helena St and Macandrew Rd.
Stunned, the woman made her way back to the road and flagged
down a taxi, which took her home, where she contacted the
She said it was hard helping police to make the sketch, as
''it was a difficult memory bank to tap into''.
''But I want to do everything I can do to help get this
person get off the street ... I had a lucky escape so I want
to help them out.''
She said police involved in the case had been ''amazing''.
''They have real sympathy and compassion.''
When she looked at the sketch of her offender, she felt
sadness for society, as ''you just can't be free and walk
around and do what you want because, unfortunately, there are
people out there like this''.
However, she felt Dunedin was a safe city and ''this was just
an unfortunate event''.
Detective Sergeant Rob Hanna, of Dunedin, said anyone with
information about the offender should contact Dunedin police
on 471-4800 or the anonymous tip-off line Crimestoppers, 0800
Police did not believe the attack was linked to an attempted
abduction hours earlier in Vogel St. Sightings of the
''home-sprayed'' silver van by members of the public had been
confirmed in South Dunedin and the inner city, Detective
Regan Boucher said. He urged anyone who had spotted that
vehicle on Saturday night or Sunday night to contact police.
Two men jointly charged with abducting a woman with the
intention of raping her were remanded in custody by consent.
One was later granted bail.
• Caucasian, early to mid-20s
• Between 167cm-175cm in height
• Medium build with broad shoulders
• Short light brown or fair hair, and wispy facial hair
• He was wearing a white cap and possibly a dark hoodie
SUPPLIED: NEW ZEALAND POLICE