Police hunting sex attacker who abducted and raped two women in north London release image of car

Police have released images of the car used by the man who abducted and rape two women in London.

The vehicle is believed to be a silver Ford S-Max people carrier. 

Officers are currently hunting for a tattooed thickset man in his late 20s or early 30s. 

Two women who were raped after being snatched from the streets of London escaped their attacker when they smashed a glass bottle over his head, a witness said. 

The two women in their 20s were abducted separately by a ‘muscular’ white male suspect in a car and raped, one was held prisoner for 12 hours. 

They were abducted 12 hours apart from locations 15 miles from each other before they broke free in broad daylight in Watford on Thursday afternoon.

A witness said they saw a glass bottle break over the attacker’s head in the dramatic struggle and there was blood and glass strewn across Osborn Road.

Officers are now urgently appealing for information and witnesses to come forward (stock)

Officers are now urgently appealing for information and witnesses to come forward (stock)

Officers are now urgently appealing for information and witnesses to come forward (stock)

The witness told The Sun: ‘The two girls managed to escape from the car and hit their attacker over the head with a glass bottle. There was glass and blood all over the floor, one of the girls ran over into Top Build for help.

‘The man must have fled in his car, he had blood all over him, my colleagues were saying. My friend saw them talking to the police outside Top Build, one of them had blood on them.’

The first victim was abducted from a street in Chingford, north East London in the early hours of Thursday, around 12.30am.

The second victim was grabbed 12 hours later from a street several miles away in Edgware, North London at 12.15pm on Thursday.

Both women managed to escape from the suspect following the in Osborn Road, Watford around 2.30pm.

They are now receiving support from specialist officers. The police are now urgently appealing for information and witnesses to come forward.

The suspect is described as a white man of muscular build.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command have now launched an investigation supported by other specialist and local officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin who is leading the shocking case said: ‘This was a terrifying ordeal for both women who were abducted by the suspect in separate areas.

‘At this stage there is nothing to suggest either victims were specifically targeted for any reason, but both appear to have been selected at random.

Both women, who are aged in their 20s, managed to escape from the suspect following a struggle in Osborn Road, Watford

Both women, who are aged in their 20s, managed to escape from the suspect following a struggle in Osborn Road, Watford

Both women, who are aged in their 20s, managed to escape from the suspect following a struggle in Osborn Road, Watford

‘A number of active leads are being followed up urgently including reviewing CCTV footage and forensic analysis. We are also working closely with our colleagues in Hertfordshire to establish what links the suspect may have in that area.

‘Stranger attacks like this are extremely rare. That being said, I would urge everyone in these areas to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police immediately via 999.’

* Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 3041/25Apr or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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