DETECTIVES have launched an appeal to find a knife-wielding masked man who took a woman on a terrifying car journey – amid fears he will strike again.
Around 400 leaflets have been dropped around homes in Leigh Park as police hunt for the offender.
The victim, a woman in her 20s from Waterlooville, was left traumatised by the incident, which happened as she was driving home following an evening out with friends.
The offence happened at about 8.40pm on Thursday, February 5, and police are still no closer to catching the culprit.
The woman left the Parchment Makers pub in Havant in her silver Land Rover Freelander and pulled up in Purbrook Way, just past Botley Drive, Leigh Park, to get a stone out of her shoe.
As she did, a man jumped in the passenger seat of her car.
He threatened her with a knife and demanded she drive him north on the A3.
During the drive, he indecently assaulted her.
He said he needed to go to Staines, Surrey, but just before the car reached Hindhead he told the woman to come off the A3.
The woman drove south until the man told her to stop at junction 3 of the A3 where he got out of the vehicle and ran off across fields back towards Leigh Park.
Police do not know the motives of the man. Detective Sergeant Katie Barry, leading the case, said: ‘We are concerned it could be a precursor.
‘There’s not a huge level of violence and she was not injured.
‘Nothing was stolen. We really need the help of the public. The man wanted to get to Staines and somewhere along that route he has changed his mind and wanted to go back to Havant.
‘The woman has not been able to glean any information from a conversation that can help us identify the person.
‘We need to catch this person to stop it happening again and stop it being worse – balancing that with reassuring people that this is very unusual.’
She added: ‘It’s been difficult. It’s knocked her confidence.
‘She’s trying to assist us as best she can. She knows this is happening and is supporting the investigation. It’s had a big impact. Depression has kicked in. She feels vulnerable.’
A crucial part of the puzzle could be two words the man spoke when referring to the woman – ‘snivelly’ and ‘whingeing’.
The man is described about 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, in his mid to late 20s, and mixed race, speaking in an east London accent.
He was wearing a balaclava, a dark knitted jumper with a zip to the neck, jeans and was carrying a small blue rucksack. He smelt of whisky and cannabis.
Call police on 101, quoting Operation Tile.