A group of men tried to pull a woman into a vehicle in Hastings, police say.
The 24-year-old was walking along Francis Hicks Ave between 7.30pm and 8pm on Thursday when a silver people-mover pulled up next to her, the rear door opened and a man in the back seat asked for directions.
He asked her to come closer so he could hear her and when she did he grabbed her.
The woman broke free and called police from a nearby hotel.
Police say the vehicle was possibly a Toyota Lucida with sliding doors.
The three occupants were described as dark-skinned. The male in the back was wearing a green T-shirt, black jeans, red band gumboots and had a tattoo on the back of his left hand.