A serial predator is attacking lone young women in Auckland's
upmarket inner-city suburbs.
Police said at least six women had been indecently assaulted
in Ponsonby and Freemans Bay over a 12-month period and four
incidents appeared to be linked.
The incidents occurred between November 2, 2012 and November
12, 2013, mostly late at night, and police fear other victims
may have yet to come forward.
In each of the known incidents the victim was approached and
spoken to before being grabbed and assaulted.
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Florence said there were
similarities between the victims' descriptions of their
Their suspect is likely to be a fair-skinned Maori or
Polynesian in his late teens or early 20s who is of slight
build, comparatively short, with noticeably big eyes and
short, cropped hair.
"As each complaint has come to us they have been investigated
based on the information we had at the time and it's only
through having a growing number of similar complaints that we
are able to determine there may be a connection between
them," Mr Florence said.
Other victims are urged to contact Detective Constable Martin
Friend at Avondale CIB on (09) 213 8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Nov 2, 2012: Hepburn St, near Barry St, Freemans Bay, 4.45am
Jan 9, 2013: Richmond Rd, near Jessel St, Grey Lynn, 6.20pm
Feb 24, 2013: Richmond Rd, near Millais St, Grey Lynn, 2.15am
April 7, 2013: John St, near Summer St, Ponsonby, 2am
Sept 15, 2013: Franklin Rd, near Heke St, Freemans Bay, 5am
Nov 12, 2013: Halsey St, near Gaunt St, St Mary's Bay,