13 Feb 2017

Woman leaps from moving car during abduction

9:39 pm on 13 February 2017

A woman has been injured after she jumped out of a moving car during an attempted abduction in central Auckland that was believed to be sexually-motivated, police say.

Police said the woman, who is aged in her mid-20s, had been walking along Haslett Street towards Ponsonby, when she saw a man standing next to several parked cars, shortly before 2pm today.

As she passed the man, he grabbed her from behind and dragged her into his car.

The man drove off, and a struggle took place, which ended with the woman breaking free, opening the door and jumping out of the moving car.

Police said two members of the public saw the woman jump out of the car at Copeland Street, as the car left at speed towards Ian McKinnon Drive.

The two people went to the woman's assistance and called police.

The woman has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.

The car and driver have yet to be located and police are with the woman at hospital.

Police said they believed the attack was sexually motivated.

The man is described as being Māori or Pasifika, in his 30s, with a large build and about 184 centimetres tall. He has tattoos on both arms and was wearing a red and white checked shirt, with a grey t-shirt underneath.

The car is believed to be a grey or silver mid-sized SUV, similar to a RAV 4 or Honda CRV.

Police believe the car may have damage on its left side, as the door hit the wing mirror of a parked car as the woman escaped.

A scene examination has taken place and officers were going door to door in the area.

Any businesses or residential addresses who may have a CCTV camera in the area have been asked to get in touch with police.