Police investigating after four women assaulted in Palmerston North

Police say they believe one man is responsible.
Police say they believe one man is responsible. Photo credit: Getty

Palmerston North police are on the lookout after four women reported being assaulted in separate attacks this month.

The slew of assaults began on May 1 near John F Kennedy Drive when a woman out on a stroll was attacked from behind by a man who then fled.

Over the next 12 days, three more women have come forward and said they had been out walking or running when an unknown man crept up behind them and attacked them.

None of the women were injured but all have been shocked by the incidents. 

Police are working to get descriptions of the offender, or offenders. While they cannot be certain yet, officers say it is likely the culprit is the same man.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 105 and quote file number 200502/0175.

The full list of incidents is

  •  Friday May 1, 12:40pm, the walkway near John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North.
  • Friday May 8,11:40am, Vernon Avenue, Palmerston North
  • Monday May 11, 4:30pm, Rosedale Crescent, Palmerston North
  • Tuesday May 12, 5:45am, Wood Street, Palmerston North


Police say they are interested in hearing from anyone in these areas on these days who may have seen something.