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Stranger tries to abduct woman, 36, grabbing, forcing her to ground before she manages to break free

Stranger grabs runner and forces her to the ground during a terrifying kidnapping attempt on her afternoon walk – as police release a photo of the attacker

  • Woman was walking in park on Saturday when stranger tried to kidnap her
  • She was approached from behind by a man in a National Park around 4.15 pm
  • Man grabbed her around her waist and tried to drag the woman to the ground

Police investigating the attempted kidnapping of a woman walking in a park have released a computer-generated image of the alleged attacker.

A 36-year-old woman was hiking in Melbourne’s Churchill National Park on Saturday when she was approached from behind by a man around 4.15pm.

The woman had parked her car and was walking along a track when the man grabbed her around her waist.

The attacker also put his hand over her mouth and tried to drag her to the ground.

Police have released a computer-generated image (photo) of the alleged attacker of a woman who was walking in a park

Police have released a computer-generated image (photo) of the alleged attacker of a woman who was walking in a park

The woman from Dandenong North managed to break free and fled the area, after which she called the police.

She was not physically injured during the attempted kidnapping.

Detectives have released an image of a man they want to speak to about the assault.

A woman was walking in Churchill National Park on Saturday when she was approached from behind by a man around 4:15 p.m. in an alleged kidnapping attempt

A woman was walking in Churchill National Park on Saturday when she was approached from behind by a man around 4:15 p.m. in an alleged kidnapping attempt

He is said to have had an African appearance, about 6 feet (183 cm) tall, between the ages of 20 and 40, and was wearing a gray cap and gray sweater.

Anyone who saw the incident has dashcam footage or other information that could assist police in their investigation, can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333,000 or do so confidentially here

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