CCTV shows Leeds sexual assault suspect running off through rush hour traffic
CCTV footage has been shared of a suspect fleeing along the bypass in Leeds through rush hour traffic after the attempted sexual assault of a woman.
The victim, aged in her twenties, was walking on the footpath that passes under the viaduct between Domestic Road and Cross Ingram Road in Holbeck some time between 9.15am and 9.20am on Thursday, May 5. She was then grabbed from behind by a male who dragged her to a nearby grassed area and only ran off when he was disturbed by a passer-by.
Police enquiries have established the route the suspect took as he fled the scene, first being picked up on CCTV footage running away at the busy junction of the northbound A643 and Wortley Lane, which you can view above.
When he left the scene of the attack, he initially headed south along the A643 a short way before turning back up the A643 to where he was picked up on CCTV. He then carried on along Gelderd Road, over the roundabout and onto the A58 Whitehall Road.
CCTV images from the bottom of Whitehall Road, one of which you can view below, also show the suspect passing at 9.24am.
The suspect was described as wearing a black jacket with a fur-trimmed hood, a black beanie hat, and a black face covering over his mouth. Police are now appealing for anyone who may have seen him or have dashcam footage of his escape to get in touch.
Senior Investigating Officer at West Yorkshire Police, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson said: “This was during the morning ‘rush-hour’ and the area was very busy with traffic at the time. The CCTV clip shows the suspect, wearing a black coat with a light fur-trimmed hood, running on the slip road from the busy A643 to Wortley Lane, and it is likely this behaviour would have stood out.
“We would like to hear from anyone who saw him in the area and would ask that drivers who used that route at that time review their dashcam footage to see if they have filmed him as they passed in either direction. We would also like to speak to anyone who regularly uses the footpath under the viaduct between the A643 and Cross Ingram Road who may have seen the suspect in the area at any point."
He added: “The circumstances of this incident are very concerning, and we are determined to keep doing everything we can to identify and arrest this man at the earliest opportunity.
“I would urge anyone who saw him or who has any information, no matter how insignificant they think it might be, to contact us immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigation team via 101 quoting Operation Palmerston reference 13220240427 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat. Information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.