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Attack on female jogger in Auckland: Police release images of man wanted over early morning St Mary's Bay incident

Police have released two images of a male wanted over a serious incident in St Mary's Bay, Auckland early this morning where a woman was subjected to a sexually motivated attack.

"Police urgently want to identify him as we believe he can assist our enquiries," Police say in a statement.

Man wanted for questioning over early morning attack on female jogger in Auckland. Source: Auckland Police

Police say the woman was out jogging at around 5am this morning beside the Northern Motorway heading towards Auckland’s CBD, when she was grabbed by a male and dragged into some bushes near St Mary’s Road.

The man has then strangled and indecently assaulted her. A passing cyclist heard her screaming and came to her aid.

Auckland waterfront near Westhaven Marina. Source: istock.com

According to police the man then ran off in the direction of Swift Avenue and Ring Terrace and was last seen jumping over a fence.

Both the victim and the witness went straight to Auckland Central Police Station to report the incident.

The female suffered minor injuries and is very shaken up by this incident.

The wanted male is described as being male, dark skinned, possibly Indian with short black hair, 175 – 180cm tall and of slim build.

He is believed to have been wearing a dark blue jersey with white writing and aged in mid 20s or younger.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard says Police are in the process of carrying out a scene examination, visiting addresses nearby and are canvassing the area for any CCTV.

"This was a random attack by a stranger. We want to assure the community that we have a team of investigators working on this case and Police will be increasing our frontline presence in the area while we work to identify and catch this offender.

“We are now asking for anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or for home owners in this vicinity who have CCTV cameras operating to contact the investigation team,” says Detective Inspector Beard.

Information can be provided to Auckland City Crime Squad on 09 3026557. Alternatively, you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man wanted over attack and female jogger in St Mary's Bay, Auckland on Friday, May 11, 2018. Source: NZ Police