A MEMBER of Horsham’s Police Community Consultative Committee has urged anybody with information about an alleged attempted abduction in Horsham on Sunday to come forward.
Committee secretary John Glover said he was shocked at reports a woman, 22, was targeted while walking along Gardenia Street on Sunday.
“These things do happen in your own backyard sometimes, but I would never have imagined it,” he said.
“It came completely out of the blue.”
Horsham Sexual Offences and Child Abuse investigators have been told the woman noticed a dark-coloured Holden sedan while she was walking about 3am.
It turned into a driveway ahead of her, partially blocking her way.
The driver left the car and started to approach the house he had parked in front of, as though he was visiting.
Meanwhile, the young woman walked around the front of the car, continuing along the footpath.
Suddenly, she was grabbed from behind.
Police said a hand was placed over the woman’s mouth and she was grabbed around the waist before being lifted from the ground and pulled towards a nearby laneway.
After a struggle, the victim was able to dislodge the man’s hand and scream for help.
The man then fled the scene.
Turning to look at the man as she ran for help, the woman noticed that he was the driver she had seen alighting from the car.
Police believe the man is Caucasian in appearance, aged in his mid to late 20s.
He was wearing baggy dark clothing, a black hoodie, a black bandana on his head and a white beanie.
Detectives have spoken with a Horsham man, 26, who has been released pending further inquiries.
Police have urged anyone with information and-or anyone who witnessed the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au.