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Woman escapes 'attempted abduction' in park in Melbourne's east



A woman has fought off a man who allegedly tried to abduct her as she was walking in a park in Melbourne's east in the late afternoon.

Police said the 36-year-old woman was walking through Churchill National Park in Lysterfield South on the North Boundary Track, just before the Stonemasons Track, about 4.15pm on Saturday when a man approached her from behind.

The man grabbed her around the waist and put a hand over her mouth, attempting to drag her to the ground, police have been told.

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The Dandenong North woman managed to get out of the man's grip, run from the area and call triple zero.

She was not physically injured.

Police have released a computer-generated image of a man they want to speak to over the incident.

He is believed to be African in appearance, about 183cm tall, aged between 20 and 40 years old.

He was wearing a grey beanie and a grey jumper.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact trip.

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