A young man is being sought by police after a woman was
sexually assaulted in Palmerston North at the weekend.
The woman, 23, was walking home from an inner city bar
shortly after 2am on Sunday after becoming separated from her
She was approached by a man at the intersection of George
Street and Main Street, and her began walking with her as she
continued along Main Street.
When they came to the junction of Andrew Young and Main
Streets the man led her to a parking area between two
commercial properties on Andrew Young Street and sexually
assaulted her, police say.
‘‘Police were notified immediately after the assault which
allowed us to preserve some vital evidence and review CCTV
footage," Detective Johnny Oram of Palmerston North CIB said.
‘‘Due to the large number of CCTV cameras in the Square and
others operated by businesses in the area, we have some clear
footage of events leading up to and after this assault.
‘‘Police want to identify the man who was wearing a blue
hoodie and maroon pants, and in one shot is riding what has
been described as a silver/grey mountain bike.
‘‘We appeal to any one that may have been around that area at
the time and saw a person matching this description to
The man is described as Caucasian, in his early 20s, and of
skinny build. He had shoulder-length dark hair that was dirty
The crime will be featured on Police Ten-7 tomorrow night in
a bid to help identify the man.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Oram on
(06) 351 3877, or anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800
* Police Ten-7 airs on TV2 at 7.30pm on Thursday.