Cherie Howie

Cherie Howie is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Teenager raped after being dragged from street

Police have spoken with residents and will interview the girl this week. Photo / Thinkstock
Police have spoken with residents and will interview the girl this week. Photo / Thinkstock

A teenage girl was dragged by her hair from a street and raped early yesterday morning, police say.

Detective sergeant Kevin Tiernan of Manukau police said the 16-year-old told them a Polynesian man aged in his 20s grabbed her while while she was walking to her Mangere home between 5am and 6am.

The girl was almost at her home when she was grabbed and dragged 250m to a reserve on Cinnamon Rd. She was then raped over a period of 10 to 15 minutes, Tiernan said.

After the attack the girl ran to a friend's house nearby and police were called.

A medical examination showed the girl suffered injuries consistent with a sexual attack. She also had welts on her neck.

"She said he'd been holding her throat."

The girl said her attacker spoke Samoan and had medium-length, wavy black hair. He was wearing a red and black top and black rugby shorts. The man appeared to be on foot and familiar with the area, Tiernan said.

Family and friends were supporting the girl and she was "improving", he said.

Police had spoken with residents and would interview the girl this week.

He was not aware of any similar incidents in the area, but would check for any link with another alleged attack south of One Tree Hill on Friday. Police are investigating after a woman told them she was indecently assaulted at the Oranga School grounds about 4pm.

She told police a Polynesian aged in his 20s attacked her. The man was said have facial acne and the word "TOA" tattooed on one of his hands.

He was wearing a black hoodie with a logo on the front, dark jeans and white shoes.

- Herald on Sunday

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