Glendene Reserve. Photo NZ Herald
A man has been arrested and charged over an alleged sex
attack on a 6-year-old girl in a west Auckland park on New
The 20-year-old, from west Auckland, has been charged with
kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual
He was tracked down by police after receiving information
from the public following an appeal on Friday.
The 6-year-old girl who needed hospital treatment after the
incident is recovering well, police say.
The girl was playing with two other children in Glendene
Reserve when the assault happened on New Year's Day. The man
fled the scene when the young girl's mother ran to help after
hearing her screams.
She was left traumatised and required hospital treatment for
scratches, but has been recovering well, the detective in
charge of the investigation said today.
"I spoke to her parents today and they're just trying to get
back to some normality,'' Detective Sergeant Peter Litherland
"She's doing pretty good, actually.''
He said officers investigating the attack had received a lot
of useful information since issuing a public appeal on
Friday, in which a photo of the man's white jandals was
The attacker struck up a conversation with the children, who
were playing near the front of the reserve at around 8.20pm.
When they began to walk away from him, he grabbed the girl
and carried her further into the park.
He fled the scene barefoot, leaving behind the pair of