28 Oct 2014

Man tried to drown woman, police say

5:40 pm on 28 October 2014

Police in Napier are looking for a 31-year-old man in connection with a serious assault in which a man allegedly tried to drown a woman in the ocean.

The beach in Napier.

The beach in Napier. Photo: PHOTO NZ

They want to speak to Jason Taki-McLeod in relation to the incident last Friday night.

A police spokesperson said the 20-year-old woman was assaulted and a man tried to drown her in the sea off Marine Parade.

She was later taken to a local bar by a good samaritan who helped her.

Neither the victim nor Mr Taki-McLeod were from Napier, the spokesperson said.

Detective Sergeant Jason Crowe said it was a particularly nasty assault on a vulnerable victim and police were keen to find the person who was responsible.