12-year-old girl escapes after being attacked by man on Randwick Road

News from NZ Police
Hutt Valley Police are seeking information about the attempted abduction of a young woman on Randwick Road, Moera at about 7pm last night.

The young woman was walking north on Randwick Road toward the shopping area when a man got out of the passenger side of a black car that was parked on the side of Randwick Road and grabbed her by her shoulders and tried to force her into his car.

She describes the male as Maori, with short dark hair and beard, wearing dark sunglasses, black track pants and black jersey. He walked with a noticeable limp.

Detective Iain Burns of the Hutt Valley CIB says the young woman was able to fight off the offender and make her escape.

“Police are seeking information from anyone in the Moera shopping area on Randwick Road in the evening of Wednesday 7 November who may have seen the male or noticed any suspicious activity.”

Anyone with information should contact the Lower Hutt Police on (04) 560 2600 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Press Release – Women’s Self Defence Network
The Girls’ Self Defence Project congratulates the 12 year old girl in Lower Hutt who successfully fought off an attack and attempted abduction last night. “Her courageous response to this attack is very impressive” said Project spokeswoman Alison Broad. “From our understanding of what happened, she did everything right. She fought off the attacker and escaped to safety. It appears she was also able to give a clear description of the offender.”

The Girls’ Self Defence Project has taught self defence to thousands of girls in the Wellington area, including the Hutt, over the past 17 years. “We strongly believe in the importance of women and girls in our communities being taught how to keep safe from violence and abuse” said Ms Broad.

“It is always disturbing to hear of any attacks on girls and young women. But it is a relief to hear when girls and women successfully thwart the attack” said Ms Broad.

 

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