27th Sep, 2020

Police hunt attacker 'dyed red' by victim's self-defence spray

A MAN who was ‘dyed’ red when the woman he attacked sprayed him with self-defence spray is being hunted by police.

The 29-year-old woman was walking under the A444 Bridge on Walsgrave Road at 4.50am on December 19 on her walk to work when she was grabbed around the neck from behind.

It’s understood the man tried to drag her 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.

He 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 appealing for anyone who saw a man who appeared to have dyed red skin anytime between the 19 and 26 December.

The woman 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.

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 sarah.vaughan@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk quoting crime number 20CV/253253b/16

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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