A man who attacked a 13-year-old girl as she walked home from school in Lower Hutt on Friday could be responsible for the attempted abduction of another girl a few weeks before, police say.
Detective Sergeant Mike Sears said the driver of a dark-coloured vehicle approached the latest victim as she walked along Myrtle St about 3.15pm.
He grabbed her arm, but she managed to break free and run away.
The victim described the man as dark skinned, skinny, about 185cm tall. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, jeans and jandals. His face was covered by his hood.
"We are asking for help from any witnesses. If you were in the area at the time or have seen a black saloon with a rear spoiler and white markings, or damage on the bonnet, please contact us immediately," Mr Sears said.
Police were trying to establish whether this incident was related to a similar attack in Moera on November 7.
In that attack, 12-year-old Tamera Walker was walking north on Randwick Rd when a man got out of the passenger side of a black car and grabbed her by the shoulders.
He tried to force her into the car but she was able to fight him off and make her escape.
Tamera described the man as Maori, with short dark hair and beard, wearing dark sunglasses, black track pants and black jersey. He walked with a noticeable limp.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Hutt Valley Police on (04) 5602600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.