Man on bicycle attempts to abduct Christchurch women

Man on bicycle attempts to abduct Christchurch women

Christchurch police have taken a man into custody after he allegedly attempted to abduct two women on Friday before making his getaway on a bicycle.

"Christchurch Police are appealing for information following reports of two attempted abductions in the Christchurch City area this morning," says Metro Crime Squads Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Worner.

A man confronted a woman at the Jellie Park Recreation and Sports Centre main carpark, before fleeing on a bicycle.

"The second incident occurred at around 5:50am, when the same man tried to abduct a woman jogger at the entrance to Ray Blank Park on Maidstone Road, Ilam," Det Snr Sgt Worner says.

"The woman fought off the man and a member of the public driving past stopped to help her. The man got back on his bicycle and rode off down Maidstone Road towards Avonhead."

A witness followed the accused, and saw him ride into a cul-de-sac street nearby. Police went to the address and took a man into custody.

"Christchurch Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed either incident and encourage them to ring Christchurch Police immediately on 03 363 7400," Det Snr Sgt Worner says.

"It's important to remember that people should be alert, not alarmed following these incidents. As the alleged offender is talking to Police we are confident the public has no reason to be concerned."

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