Police hunt suspected sex attacker ‘who molested a teenage girl on a park bench after meeting her on an online dating website’
- A teenage girl was sexually assaulted on a park bench on a terrifying first date
- Police have now released a photo of the man they suspect of being the attacker
- The girl hasn’t contacted him since but he has sent her threatening messages
This is the man police suspect molested a 19-year-old girl on a park bench after meeting her online
Police have released a picture of a man they suspect molested a teenage girl on a park bench after he met her online.
Detectives say that after chatting on a dating website, they met on a Sunday evening at Walthamstow bus station, east London.
The man then grabbed his date, 19, by the arm and forcibly walked her to a nearby park.
On a terrifying first date the victim was then sexually assaulted on a park bench.
Both the victim and the suspect had initially brought a friend when they met, but the friends left separately soon after the date began on 12 November last year.
The victim was forced to sit on a bench opposite a children’s play area as she was sexually assaulted.
After telling her date to stop she left in the direction of the bus stop and was briefly followed before he gave up and went back to the park.
She never saw her attacker again but received several messages from him saying that he was sending his friend to ‘get her’.
Police have now released an image of the suspect who is white, with large ears and short dark hair, in a bid for the public to identify him.
Detective Constable Matthew Cron said: ‘We continue to actively search for this suspect and hope that someone may recognise him.
‘If you know who this male is, please contact police as soon as possible.’
He added: ‘The victim, a 19-year-old female, had agreed to meet the suspect, who she had met online, on Sunday November 12th at 8.30pm at Walthamstow Bus Station.
‘Both the victim and suspect brought friends with them when they met. Both friends left separately soon after meeting.
‘When the friends had left, the suspect grabbed the victim by the arm and walked her into a nearby park where they stopped at a bench by the play area.
‘The suspect forced the victim to sit on the bench before sexually assaulting her.
‘The victim told the suspect to stop and left in the direction of the bus station.
‘The suspect followed the victim briefly, but eventually walked back into the park.
‘The victim did not see the suspect again but she received messages from him saying that he was sending his friend back to get her.’
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