POLICE are hunting a gang who tried to drag a woman into their car in Jarrow.
A 20-year-old woman was making her way along Hill Street, at 2.05pm yesterday, when a car with three men inside, one driving and two in the back seat, pulled up alongside her.
One of the passengers began asking the woman for directions through the open window before getting out of the vehicle claiming he couldn’t hear her.
Once outside the vehicle, he grabbed the woman’s shoulders from behind and attempted to cover her mouth. At the same time, the second passenger attempted to pull the woman towards the vehicle while inside the car.
The woman bit the first man’s hand who then got back into the car which made off in the direction of Grange Road.
A man in the street then came to the woman’s assistance.
The first man is described as aged between 25 and 30, approximately 6ft tall, of slim build, with short black hair and thick black stubble on his chin and of Asian appearance. The second man is described as aged between 25 and 30, with short black hair, a moustache and heavy black stubble. He was of Asian appearance.
The car was a red or burgundy vehicle similar to a Ford Fiesta. It was travelling from the direction of Victoria Road East, in Hebburn, when it pulled up alongside the victim.
Police investigating the incident are appealing for the man who assisted the woman to come forward as he may be able to help with ongoing inquiries. Any other witnesses should also contact police.
Detective Inspector Paul Woods, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “This was obviously a very frightening experience for the woman involved. Thankfully she hasn’t been injured but was left clearly shaken.
“Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident today to trace the car and the men inside it to establish the exact circumstances surrounding it.
“We are particularly keen to speak to the man who came to the woman’s assistance as he could have vital information to help with our inquiries.
“Anyone else who may have seen the incident or the car in the area at the time should also contact us.
“Officers are patrolling the area to offer reassurance to residents. Anyone with concerns should speak to them or contact their Neighbourhood Policing Team.”
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191. Anyone with information on this incident should quote log number 640 26/03/14.