Bid to find woman’s rescuer after Manchester sex attacker tried to ‘flatter’ victim

Police are appealing for a good Samaritan to come forward who rescued a woman from a man who stalked her in Manchester and told her she was ‘beautiful’ before sexually assaulting her.

The incident occurred on Whitworth Street between 5.20am and 5.40am on Wednesday March 18 when a man approached the 30-year-old victim, saying she was ‘beautiful’ and blocking her path.

After ignoring his advances and trying to walk past, he proceeded to follow her and grabbed hold of her arm and hand before sexually assaulting her.  

The victim shouted loudly and fortunately a man walking past intervened and told him to leave her alone.  

The good Samaritan stayed with the woman while she got on her bus and the police believe he holds key information to help identify the offender.

Detective Sergeant Mark Astbury from North Manchester division, said: “If this man had not come to the woman’s rescue who knows what might have happened next.

“We are appealing for him to come forward and speak to us – he could have vital information to help us find the man responsible for this attack.

“If you are the man who helped this woman on Wednesday morning or if you have any information about the incident, please contact as soon as possible.”

The offender is described as Asian, aged 30, about 5ft 9in tall, quite muscular to medium build with wide shoulders, jet black hair which was longer on top and shorter on the sides which looked swept over.

He wore dark jeans and dark jacket which was zipped up and smelt of alcohol.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3522 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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