Po­lice seek­ing leads af­ter vi­cious as­sault in car park

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STEWART

A 20-year-old woman was dragged into a car park and as­saulted as she walked home in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing.

Po­lice are seek­ing any in­for­ma­tion to as­sist their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the as­sault that took place near the in­ter­sec­tion of Rawhiti Ave and Arawa St.

De­tec­tive Chris Smith of the Mata­mata Pi­ako CIB said the woman was con­fronted by a man be­tween the hours of mid­night and 2am.

The man dragged her from the foot­path into a car park area and as­saulted her briefly be­fore she man­aged to fight him off and run away.

‘‘It is cer­tainly some­thing that had the po­ten­tial to be a lot more se­ri­ous,’’ said Mr Smith.

The woman suf­fered mi­nor bruis­ing and was ex­tremely shaken by the in­ci­dent, he said.

The at­tacker has been de­scribed as a 20-30 year old dark-skinned male of solid build wear­ing dark cloth­ing.

Mr Smith would like

to hear from any­one with any in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing this mat­ter or who may have seen or heard any sus­pi­cious or un­usual per­sons, be­hav­iour or noises in the area around the time.

He said it was an un­for­tu­nate and timely re­minder to any­one out so­cial­is­ing to en­sure they stay with their friends, look af­ter each other and make sure no-one is left be­hind or has to walk home alone.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Mr Smith on 880 9517 or call in to see him at the Mata­mata po­lice sta­tion.

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