Cooks Beach community helping police investigate indecent assault on 5-year-old

News from NZ Police
Waikato Police investigating the indecent assault of a young girl at a small Coromandel coastal settlement say they are receiving good cooperation from the local and wider community as they continue to seek the offender.

District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Chris Page said the investigation team had been helped by locals and visitors alike as they conducted their enquiries at Cooks Beach yesterday.

“Police were called to Cooks Beach at about 7.30 pm on Saturday after a man exposed himself and indecently assaulted a five-year-old girl while she was walking with a seven-year-old cousin a short distance in front of family members on their way back from the beach. Members of the family and the public intervened and the man ran off, chased by a member of the public.”

Mr Page said the naked man was not able to be caught and initial reports suggest he escaped in a silver hatchback car with slightly tinted windows at the back and this vehicle appeared to be about 10 years old.

The offender was described as:
A clean shaven Caucasian male who has dark hair and was carrying a red and yellow towel.

“To date we have not had an updated description of the offender or the vehicle provided that we can provide the public with.”

As enquiries continue, it was important that anyone else who was the victim of similar types of behaviour or who witnessed such activity contacts Police.

News from NZ Police – January 6
Police were called to the Coromandel town of Cooks Beach last night after a man indecently assaulted a five year old girl. Waikato Police are appealing for the public’s help in finding the person responsible.

“The girl had been walking with family along the Riverview Rd Reserve at the northern end of Cooks Beach when she and her seven-year-old cousin were confronted by a naked man,” said District Crime Manager Detective Inspector Chris Page.

“The two children were a short distance in front of other family members as the group walked back from the beach. It was then the girls were confronted by this naked man who indecently assaulted the five-year-old girl before members of the public and family intervened.”

Mr Page said the man ran off and was pursued by a member of the public but was not located.

“Understandably the family and children are shaken up over the incident but the children are safe with their parents and the family are being provided Victim Support services.

“Our staff are working with the parents to obtain more details about the incident from the children using specialist child interviewers.”

Initial reports indicate that the fleeing man got away in a silver hatchback car with slightly tinted windows at the back and this vehicle appeared to be about 10 years old.

The offender was described as:
A clean shaven Caucasian male who has dark hair and was carrying a red and yellow towel.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time who saw this person or observed a vehicle fitting the description.

The public can make contact with the Whitianga Police Station on 07 858 6200, or through your nearest Police Station.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

 

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