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An 18-year-old woman managed to fight her way out of a station wagon in North Dunedin during an attempted abduction involving two offenders at the weekend.
She was uninjured in the Saturday afternoon incident, and detectives are investigating.
Senior Sergeant Ian Temple, of Dunedin, said that police viewed the matter as a "potentially very serious'' incident.
Detective Sergeant Neil Lowden, of the Dunedin CIB, said the woman was walking in Forth St and reported being grabbed by a backseat passenger in a parked station wagon about 4.25pm on Saturday.
The passenger tried to pull her into the vehicle, and the vehicle's driver also tried to push the victim into the back seat.
Police believe any sightings of and information about the vehicle involved could play a key part in their inquiries.
The vehicle is described as an older 1990s-type station wagon in dirty condition, with black roof racks.
The station wagon was parked on the left hand side of Forth St, facing north.
● Contact Dunedin police, phone (03)471-4800, or Crimestoppers 0800 555-111.