Auckland

UPDATE on Police investigation into sexually motivated attack in St Mary’s Bay

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 – 12:59pm

Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin:

Auckland Police are continuing to make enquiries into a sexually motivated attack of a jogger in St Mary’s Bay, Auckland early on Friday morning (11 May 2018).

We have released a video on the Auckland City Police Facebook page which clearly outlines where we believe this offender has come from to carry out this attack and which way he has fled. We have also included moving CCTV footage of our offender.

The woman was jogging at about 5am on the track alongside the Northern Motorway heading towards the CBD when the man has grabbed her, dragged her into some bushes near St Mary’s Road, strangled and sexually assaulted her.

A passing cyclist heard her screaming and came to her aid and courageously chased the fleeing offender

The offender has then run off in the direction of Swift Avenue and St Marys Bay Rd.  He was last seen jumping over a fence, heading in the direction of Swift Ave and Hackett St, through the rear of properties.

Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin says enquiries and CCTV footage have revealed that the offender was on Beaumont Street opposite Victoria park, in the CBD, prior to the incident.

We are continuing to interview witnesses and persons of interest but unfortunately have not yet identified the person responsible for this repugnant attack.

He is described as being a male, dark skinned, with short black hair, 175 – 180cm tall and of slim build.

He is believed to have been wearing a dark hoody with writing, a cap  and possibly aged 18-38.

“We are continuing to make a number of enquiries but still need our community to contact us with any information. We believe someone will know this man, and we are keeping an open mind as to why he was in this area. It is possible that he works in the area …or was transiting through the area before or after work… or,  he could have just been in the area after a night out,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Baldwin.

“We want to hear from anyone who saw anything, even if it was minor and we ask residents in the St Mary’s Bay area who have CCTV cameras to contact Police.”

“We are continuing to support the victim and the cyclist who intervened. Both are very traumatised by what has happened,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Baldwin.

Information can be provided to the  Operation Mackerel Team on (09) 820 5784  Alternatively, you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

ENDS

Shelley Nahr/NZ Police