04 February, 2014

Self-defence in the News - No. 56

Hamilton teen escapes attempted abduction 




The attempted abduction of a teenage girl in Hamilton could be linked to a similar incident on the same day, police say.

A 16-year-old girl walking along Edgecumbe St was approached by a man driving a silver saloon about 11am yesterday.

"The man has pulled up alongside the girl, called out to her offering her a lift before getting out of his car,'' acting Detective Sergeant Nick O'Brien said.

"He has then approached her, taken her hand and upon her pulling away grabbed her waist. The girl has kicked out at her attacker and run to a nearby address to raise the alarm."

The man was described as a dark skinned male aged in his 40s to 50s, of lean muscular build with short dark hair.

He was said to be wearing a black coloured t-shirt with a white design on the chest, dark coloured knee length shorts and black, red and white coloured sneakers with white laces.

"We would like to hear from anyone who recalls seeing the incident, who saw a silver coloured saloon in the area about the time of the attack or anyone who may know the identity of the attacker,'' Mr O'Brien said.

Police are considering whether this incident is related to a similar incident reported on Hamilton's Hood St about 6am.

Anyone with any information on yesterday's incident is asked to contact the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with the independent organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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