Police appeal to trace suspect 'dyed red' in Stoke attack

Police are appealing for information to help trace a man they believe attacked a woman in the Stoke area of Coventry on 19 December.

The 29-year-old woman was walking under the A444 Bridge on Walsgrave Road at 4.50am on her walk to work when she was grabbed around the neck from behind.

She has described the offender as a white man, 6ft tall with a heavy build, aged in his mid 30’s. At the time he was wearing a black hat, black hooded top with the hood up and a black quilted coat.

It’s understood he tried to drag the woman into an alleyway leading to an embankment on the A444 however she was carrying self-defence gel which she managed to spray directly into his face for around 40 seconds.

The offender became disorientated from the substance and fell to the floor momentarily before running off in the direction of Swan Lane.

The spray both disorientates and stains skin and clothing for up to seven days so officers are now appealing for anyone who saw someone who fits the description and appeared to have dyed red skin anytime between the 19 and 26 December.

Thankfully the woman was not badly hurt, but was understandably shaken by the incident. Detectives are following several lines of enquiry but the motive for the attack remains unclear.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Sarah Vaughan from Force CID by emailing [email protected]

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime number 20CV/253253B/16

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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