Woman fights off attacker on Mt Wellington

  • 20/07/2016
Woman fights off attacker on Mt Wellington

Police are appealing for information after a woman was indecently assaulted while walking to the summit of Mt Wellington, Auckland on July 3.

The woman walked up to the summit between 9:30am and 10am, and as she made her way back down a man followed her.

Police say the man, believed to have parked his light-coloured van at top, urinated in front of the woman and then grabbed and indecently assaulted her.

The woman managed to fight him off and fled. Police believe the man then ran back up to his van and drove away.

A member of the public noticed the upset woman and called police.

A number of police cars went to the scene immediately and searched the wider area but the man was not found.

Police have made a number of inquiries in the past two weeks but the alleged offender has not yet been identified and located. Police are now asking the public for help.

"Any incident like this is alarming and we are obviously very keen to catch this person," says Detective Keri Kimpton.

"Mt Wellington is a reasonably busy place on a Sunday morning, lots of people walk and run up there at that time and often take selfies or photos at the top. We'd like to hear from anyone who was there around the time that this occurred, particularly anyone who took photos, to get in touch with us please."

The offender's description:

Police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Keri Kimpton on (09) 524 1921, or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.