Taihape Police are seeking help from the public in identifying a man that attempted to rob a woman at around 5:30am this morning (29 September, 2013) on Hautapu Street, Taihape.
The woman aged in her 20s was biking home from the BP petrol station when a man at the intersection of Hautapu and Huia Streets walked up to the woman and demanded cigarettes in an abusive manner.
He then chased the woman up to Mataroa Road and grabbed her by the arm and continued to demand cigarettes abusively. The woman has managed to break free from the man and make her way back home where she has alerted Police.
The man is aged in his 30s to 40s, and is described as being of Maori descent, approximately 6 feet tall, stocky build, and has long black dreadlocks about half-way down his back.
He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck that is described as a circle with a blue eyeball inside, as well as two scars under each of his eyes. He was wearing black shoes or boots, black pants, a plain green hooded sweatshirt, and a red, green, and yellow Rastafarian type hat with a picture of Bob Marley on it.
“Mataroa Road is a busy thorough fare for traffic and we are hoping that someone has seen this man in the area between 5am and 6am this morning,” says Constable Justin Moore of the Taihape Police.
“This has been a traumatic experience for the victim and we strongly encourage anyone who may know the man’s identity to contact Police. This can be done anonymously through Police or via Crimestoppers,” says Constable Moore.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Constable Moore on (06) 388 2170. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers.