Man charged following St Mary's Bay jogger attack

Bushes near St Mary's Bay Rd.
Bushes near St Mary's Bay Rd. Photo credit: Google Maps

An arrest has been made after a female jogger was dragged into bushes and strangled in a sexually motivated attack in Auckland's St Mary's Bay.

The 33-year-old man has been charged with assault with intent to commit sexual violation.

He allegedly grabbed and attacked a woman as she was jogging alongside the Northern Motorway around 5am in the morning on Friday 11 May.

Police say the man dragged her into a bush then strangled and indecently assaulted her. He ran off after a passing cyclist heard the woman screaming and came to her aid.

The man has now been linked to two other incidents in the St Mary's Bay area earlier in May. 

He faces charges of offensive behaviour and being unlawfully on property for an incident in May 3 and being unlawfully on property for another incident on May 4.

"We want to thank the public for their support, and in particular the local neighbourhood for their assistance in investigating this appalling crime, which was traumatic for the victim as well as a witness to the incident," said Detective Senior Sergeant Baldwin.

"A significant amount of resources went into this investigation and it's a great result to have the alleged offender off our streets."

He will appear in Auckland District Court on Friday morning.