A woman who fought off an attacker at an Auckland train station last night is being praised by police for her "gutsy display".

Police are now looking for a man with visible scratches on his face which the woman inflicted during the vicious attack.

Waitakere detective sergeant Peter Litherland said the 26-year-old woman had got off a western bound train about 7.40pm at the Sunnyvale train station and taken a walkway leading to Newham Place.

A man who got off the same train followed her.


"He then attacked the female from behind, grabbing her clothing and punching her in the face in an attempt to get her onto the ground." But she fought back.

"The female resisted the assault by kicking and punching the male and finally scratching his face. In a gutsy display of courage the victim was able to repel what was clearly a premeditated and sinister attack," Litherland said.

The man, described as a skinny Pacific Islander or Indian aged in his late 20s or early 30s, with short black hair and a skinny build, would now have scratch marks visible on his face.

"He ran back in the direction of the train station and the victim, who was left bruised and
shaken, sought assistance from the police."

The man was wearing a long-sleeved grey sweat shirt, black full length pants and black shoes.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the man on the train or who knows who he is.

"The male will have difficulty concealing the injuries to his face."

If you can help phone Waitakere police on 09 839 0627 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.