Press Release – New Zealand Police
“Police appealing for witnesses to attempted abduction in Glen Eden”
Waitakere Police are appealing for witnesses to a report of an attempted abduction in Glen Eden yesterday afternoon.
At around 3.30pm, the 13 year-old victim has described walking along Glendale Road, near the intersection with Glengarry Road, when she saw a man in a silver vehicle (possibly a people-mover) pull over to the side of the road.
The man watched her walk past him and began following her.
He then stopped his vehicle, got out and told her to get into his car.
A struggle occurred during which time the victim was slapped in the face.
She managed to flee and ran towards a relative’s house on West Coast Road.
The man has then followed her in his car along Glendale Road and West Coast Road for quite some distance.
When the victim made it to her relative’s house on West Coast Road, she has described seeing the car follow her down the driveway, but there were a number of vehicles parked outside the property and the man in the people-mover then reversed up the driveway and left.
At this point the victim realised her relative wasn’t home, so began to make her way to Fruitvale Primary School.
When she got back out onto West Coast Road the man was waiting and the victim has described him following her almost the entire way back to the school.
Police were immediately called.
The 13 year-old girl suffered scratches to her face and arm and a sore neck.
A number of Police officers were immediately sent into the area to carry out an area canvass and search for the man in the car, but he was not found.
Detectives from the Waitakere CIB also searched the area and have spent much of today gathering CCTV footage from the area.
At this stage no strong lines of enquiry have been established and Police are hopeful that someone may have seen the incident take place.
“The victim is very upset and shaken.
She’s recovering at home and we are offering her and her family every support possible, including specialist interviewing staff who will speak with her more next week” says Detective Derek Elima, Waitakere Police.
“What we need is for anyone who was in that area yesterday afternoon, around 3.30-4.30pm who may have seen something to get in touch.
This area has quite a few shops and will have had a few people around at that time of the day” says Detective Elima.
“The victim has travelled on foot for quite some distance over a reasonable length of time in her efforts to flee to her relative’s house and someone may have noticed something that didn’t seem quite right.
She was upset and in her school uniform.
If you saw anything please get in touch” he says.
The man in the car is described as;
-Maori or Pacific Islander
-Aged around 30 years old
-Short black hair
-No facial hair
-Wearing a black hoody and jeans
The vehicle is described as a silver van/car, possibly a people mover, with tinted windows.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Derek Elima on 09 839 0600.
Information can also be given anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.