Man stalks woman before pouncing and dragging her

  • Man followed woman off bus in East London and walked behind her on road 
  • He then got hold of 22-year-old victim before pushing her over in Dagenham
  • Man removed jeans before woman punched him in the stomach and shouted
  • Driver in passing vehicle stopped and phoned police on evening of March 6 

This is the shocking moment that an attacker stalked a young woman before pouncing on her and forcing her to the ground in an attempted rape.

The man followed the woman off the EL2 bus in Dagenham, East London, and walked behind her on the road before getting hold of her and pushing her over.

He then removed his jeans, exposing himself, before the 22-year-old woman managed to punch him in the stomach and shouted for help.

 The man (left) followed the woman (right, between the tree and car) off the bus in Dagenham

The man (left) followed the woman (right, between the tree and car) off the bus in Dagenham

 After following her in East London, the man grabbed the woman and forced her to the ground

After following her in East London, the man grabbed the woman and forced her to the ground

 He had stalked the young woman before pouncing on her and dragging her to the ground

He had stalked the young woman before pouncing on her and dragging her to the ground

A driver in a passing vehicle then stopped and phoned police, before the suspect ran off towards Wood Lane during the incident on the evening of March 6.

Scotland Yard revealed today how local CCTV caught the attack and cameras on the bus pictured the suspect before he got off at about 6.20pm.

The white man has been described as in his 30s with fair hair and a short brown beard, wearing a grey top with a white shirt underneath and blue jeans.

Officers are appealing to identify the suspect so they can speak to him in connection with their investigation.

 The man removed his jeans, exposing himself, before the woman managed to punch him 

The man removed his jeans, exposing himself, before the woman managed to punch him 

 A driver in a passing car (above) stopped and phoned police during the incident on March 6

A driver in a passing car (above) stopped and phoned police during the incident on March 6

 Scotland Yard officers are appealing to identify the man in this CCTV image taken on the bus

Scotland Yard officers are appealing to identify the man in this CCTV image taken on the bus

Detective Constable Matt James, from the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said: 'The woman is very shaken from her ordeal.

'She was able to shout for help and use self-defence to flee from her attacker.

'We are keen to identify the man in the CCTV footage so we can speak to him about the incident. We would also urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us.'

Anyone with information or any witnesses are urged to call police on 101 or by tweeting at @MetCC. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue. 

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By World Staff Writer 03/17/2017 04:12:00