Tokoroa Sexual Attack

Wednesday 12 May 2010, 10:56AM

By New Zealand Police



Tokoroa Police are investigating a sexual assault of a 23 year old female that occurred on Kelso Street, Tokoroa, in the early hours of Sunday 9th May 2010.

"This was an extremely frightening crime for this victim to endure, however it is entirely solvable," says Detective Senior Sergeant Todd Pearce.

"We need information from the Tokoroa community to help identify those responsible and prevent them from doing this to anyone else. I am sure that someone in the community can identify the offenders responsible from the description of their vehicle," says Detective Senior Sergeant Pearce.

The attack occurred at about 3am on Sunday morning, as the victim was walking alone on Kelso Street, Tokoroa.

A passing utility vehicle with four male occupants stopped next to the victim and two of the occupants jumped off the utility from the tray area of the ute. They chased the victim and tackled her to the ground on the street-side near 51 Kelso Street.

The other two occupants of the ute have then helped hold the victim down while she was subjected to a sexually motivated attack.

It is believed that the victim's screaming, combined with an elderly man walking down the road and a nearby property outside light being turned on has scared off the attackers. They then fled in their vehicle.

"There is a possibility that one of the offenders received an injury to his eye as the victim was struggling to escape.

"As well as receiving information about the vehicle and offenders involved, we would like to identify the man who was walking down the road, and whomever it was that may have turned on their outside light. They may have witnessed this attack and be able to help us with crucial information."

The vehicle used in this attack is described as a matt black coloured Utility, with chrome mags and a loud exhaust. At the time there was a small couch on the tray area of the ute.

The description of the four offenders is that they were fair skinned maori or polynesian men, aged between 20 - 24 yrs.

Any person with any information about this crime is urged to contact their local Police station or phone the Tokoroa Confidential Crime Line 07 886 3106 or the Officer in Charge of the investigation, Detective Constable Ryan Blair 07 8850115.

Any information given to the Police may be in confidence.