Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man after a female jogger was assaulted before being robbed near a South Auckland creek last month.
The woman had been jogging along East Tamaki Rd before entering the Ōtara Creek Reserve around 6.40am on January 18, police said.
“She noticed a man walking towards her at the time, before she turned into an entrance of the reserve, off East Tamaki Rd,” Counties Manukau East CIB Detective Sergeant James Mapp said.
“This man followed her into the park, before running towards her and dragging her to the ground.”
The woman called for help.
“She was very shaken by what happened in the reserve that morning, and we have ensured there is support for her,” Mapp said.
The woman’s phone and bank cards were taken, and the man ran in a direction away from East Tamaki Rd.
She was physically unharmed in the incident.
Police wanted to identify a man seen in the area at the time of the robbery and assault.
The man was wearing a hoodie and track pants with Nike branding in gold or yellow, and black Nike shoes.
“Violence like this has no place in our community and I’m asking the public to assist our investigation so this man can be held accountable,” Mapp said.
“There will be people in the community that will know who this man is and recognise the outfit he’s wearing.
“They need to do the right thing and contact police so we can speak with him.”
Anyone who knows the man has been urged to contact police.