Stu­dent trau­ma­tised af­ter walk­way en­counter

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

A stu­dent has been trau­ma­tised af­ter a man con­fronted her and per­formed an ob­scene act.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on the Wood­ward Rd to Benfield Ave walk­way in Mt Al­bert around 3.40pm last Wed­nes­day, De­tec­tive Sergeant Rick Vea­cock says.

‘‘The vic­tim was ap­proached by a male on the walk­way who ini­tially asked her where a toi­let was be­fore he dropped his pants and per­formed an indecent act in front of her.’’

The stu­dent ran away and the in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice. He says the stu­dent was ‘‘ a lit­tle bit trau­ma­tised’’ but un­harmed.

Vea­cock says the man is Euro­pean, in his mid-30s, 1.8 me­tres tall and of medium to fat build. He was clean shaven, blonde but bald­ing on top. He was wear­ing a blue short-sleeve top with a logo.

He spoke with a New Zealand ac­cent and wore cream­coloured shorts. CCTV footage in the area is be­ing re­viewed. Vea­cock says a white SUV was parked on Benfield Ave around the time of the in­ci­dent.

‘‘The male driver is seen walk­ing to­ward the walk­way be­fore go­ing out of sight. He re­turns within a short time frame and leaves in the white coloured SUV ve­hi­cle. This male driver could pos­si­bly as­sist this in­quiry.’’

Any­one who recog­nises the SUV driver can call De­tec­tive Sergeant Rick Vea­cock at the Avon­dale po­lice sta­tion on 820 5700.

An­a­lyse this: Po­lice wish to speak to the driver of this white SUV, seen on Benfield Ave last Wed­nes­day.

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