Man tries to grab girls in the street

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page -

Po­lice are looking for a man be­lieved to have ac­costed two girls in Grey Lynn.

Last Sun­day a 13year-old girl was ap­proached by the of­fender while walk­ing her dog near Rich­mond Rd School, which is bounded by Rich­mond Rd, Dou­glas St and Brown St.

He grabbed her from be­hind, threat­ened her and tried to force her to walk away with him.

She strug­gled and screamed, at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of nearby peo­ple who came to her aid.

The at­tacker fled down Rich­mond Rd into Cockburn St.

Shortly af­ter, a 10-year-old girl was grabbed on Cockburn St by a man who also threat­ened her.

She man­aged to break free and run away.

The of­fender was last seen run­ning along Far­rar St to­wards Grey Lynn Park.

Po­lice say it is likely the of­fender from both in­ci­dents is the same man and want to talk to any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dents or who may have seen the of­fender in the Rich­mond Rd or Grey Lynn Park area.

He is de­scribed as a Maori or Pa­cific Is­lan­der, of medium build, aged in his 20s, and was be­lieved to be wear­ing tan coloured trousers and a brown hooded top, pos­si­bly with stripes down each sleeve.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the Avon­dale Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch on 820-5700 or 820-5782.

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