Case 3: Featured Case - Devonport Road Indecent Assault, Tauranga

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Case 3: Featured Case - Devonport Road Indecent Assault, Tauranga

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  • Case 3: Featured Case - Devonport Road Indecent Assault, Tauranga
  • Case 3: Featured Case - Devonport Road Indecent Assault, Tauranga
  • Case 3: Featured Case - Devonport Road Indecent Assault, Tauranga

Ten 7 Aotearoa, Episode

19
15th September 2022

On the afternoon of Saturday 27th August a woman and her friends were enjoying the Memorial Park area on Devonport Road near Ninth Ave.

The group decided to walk to KFC to get some food and the victim has lagged behind.  She's been near the intersection of Devonport Road and Ninth Ave when an unknown male has approached her from behind, grabbed her, pushed her up against a wall, held her by the throat and then indecently assaulted her. He's then punched her in the mouth.

The woman has kneed him in the groin at which point he's let go of her and she's been able to leave towards her friends. The victim has no idea what direction the man came from or where he went.

She's described him as:

  • Tall
  • Male
  • Dark complexion
  • In his early to mid 20's

He’s described as wearing:

  • a black cap with the peak facing forward
  • black hoodie
  • dark pants
  • silver ring on his left hand

Distinctive tattoo:

  • He is described as having a rose on his neck going up towards his ear

Police are aware that a number of people have private security systems with cameras facing the street and people passing through the area may also have dash cams.

Investigators are appealing for anyone living around Ninth Ave to check their footage, particularly between the hours of 4:30pm and 6:00pm on Saturday,  27 August. They're seeking footage of anyone matching this description or anything of note that could assist the investigation.

Police want to find this man before he can hurt anyone else and need your help. Call 0800 107 INFO now or message the case officer online.