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CCTV footage released in abduction case

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/02/2017

Police have released security camera footage of the car believed to have been used in the abduction of a woman from an Auckland street.

The woman, in her mid-20s, was walking along Haslett Street in Eden Terrace just before 2pm on Monday when a man grabbed her from behind and dragged her into his car.

A struggle took place and the woman managed to break free, open the door and jump out in Copeland Street.

The footage shows a car approaching the no-exit end of Haslett Street and the driver turning the vehicle around.

The next clip shows the car from another angle speeding away and turning left down Copeland Street.

Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe says police believe the woman was inside the vehicle at the time.

He says the woman described being flung headfirst into the foot-well of the passenger seat, and being upside down and struggling to get out.

She escaped from the car several hundred metres away from where the footage was filmed.

Two members of the public - not the two women seen in the video - saw the car speeding off towards Ian McKinnon Drive.

Det Insp Pascoe said police had received about 20 calls about the incident, which was believed to be sexually motivated.

The woman was taken to hospital with moderate injuries but had since been discharged.

The offender was described as a light-skinned Maori or Pacific Islander in his 30s, fat and around 1.8 metres tall.

He had no facial hair, had full-length tattoos on both arms and was wearing a distinctive red-and-white checked shirt, unbuttoned over a grey T-shirt.

His car was a dark silver or grey medium-sized SUV similar to a RAV 4 or Honda CRV and was clean inside.

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