Police are looking for a man who assaulted a 16-year-old girl
in her Napier home on Wednesday night.
The girl was attacked after she arrived at her Marewa home
following a function about 11.30pm.
She left the front door of the house open as her parents were
following her home in a separate car.
Detective Ross Alexander said the girl noticed someone coming
in the front door and thought it was her parents, but a man
walked into the house.
She went to reach for a phone and the man threw her up
against a wall.
Mr Alexander said the girl started screaming loudly and tried
to fight off her attacker. He then ran from the house, out
through the front door.
The girl's parents arrived home minutes later.
She was very shaken and suffered scratches and bruising but
was otherwise unhurt.
Nothing was taken from the house and there were no sexual
overtones to the attack.
"We believe this may have been an opportunistic attack and is
a timely reminder to everyone to keep their houses secure at
night and be mindful of strangers in their neighbourhood," Mr
"We are very keen to speak to anyone who saw a person acting
suspiciously in the Logan Ave area.
"Someone may have seen this man walking along the street or
perhaps in nearby streets."
The man is described as part-Maori in his 30s, of stocky
build with short dark hair.
He was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie and pants and
fingerless gloves. He was about 1.7m tall.
Anyone with information should contact Mr Alexander at HB
Police on 06 8310806 or information can be left anonymously
on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.