A man tried to abduct two women in back-to-back incidents in Christchurch this morning but failed after they fought back, with help from at least one bystander, according to police.
Authorities said they are speaking to a man over the incidents but are appealing to the public for more witnesses to come forward.
According to police, the first botched kidnapping occurred at 5.30am when he approached a woman at her car in the Jellie Park Recreation and Sports Centre on Ilam Road.
He then fled on a bicycle, pedalling through Jellie Park before approaching a jogger at the entrance of Ray Blank Park on Maidstone Road, police said.
The attacker fled again on bicycle after the woman fought him off, aided by a motorist who stopped to help her, according to police.
But this time he was followed by a motorist, who alerted police to a home on a nearby cul-de-sac that he was seen entering.
"We would really like to thank the member of the public who stopped to help the second victim," Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Worner said in a statement. "As the alleged offender is talking to Police we are confident the public has no reason to be concerned."
Anyone who saw either incident this morning and hasn't yet talked to police is asked to call 03 363 7400 to make a statement.