Two attacks on women in Wellington earlier this year have
been identified as potentially linked to sexually motivated
assaults over Easter, police say.
Investigations are continuing into two attacks which happened
within 24 hours of each other in the Kelburn-Te Aro area over
Easter, sparking fears a repeat offender could be preying on
vulnerable young woman in the area.
While there have been no further incidents since then,
Wellington Police say two previous attacks have been
identified as potentially related.
On March 22, an 18-year-old woman was grabbed by an unknown
man on the Boyd-Wilson walkway near Te Aro School at about
10.15pm. She managed to struggle free and run to a friend's
A few weeks later on April 10, another 18-year-old woman was
approached and grabbed by a man as she walked past the
Kelburn Park carpark. She also fought him off and ran to
Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel said Wellington
Police had been working with the victims to investigate
similarities between the incidents.
The offender is described as Caucasian aged between 25 and
He is approximately 180cm tall, of a medium build with
light-coloured facial hair.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the investigation
team on (04) 381 2000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111.