A WOMAN was grabbed while walking along a Ryde road, leading to an investigation by Isle of Wight police.
A police spokeswoman said the woman was grabbed around the waist while walking along East Hill Road, near the junction with West Hill Road, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 18.
The unknown male spoke to her twice, before grabbing her. The woman broke free and screamed 'no’ and the man ran off in the direction of St John’s Church police said.
The suspect has been described as a white man, aged in his late 40s, about 5ft 4ins tall, medium build with short dark hair, almost black, wearing dark jeans and a grey jacket.
Investigating Officer, PSI George Basin said: "This is not a common occurrence on the Island. At the time it was dark and quite early in the evening, but not many people were around.
"The woman would have been quite noticeable as she was pulling a bright red suitcase up the hill; she spoke to an elderly gentleman shortly after the incident who was walking his dog.
"Although the woman was not injured, it left her scared and shaken. If you were in the area at the time and saw or heard anything suspicious, or if you recognise the man in the image please get in touch."
Anyone with information can contact PSI Basin at Newport DCID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
An e-fit issued by police of a man they wish to identify after a woman was grabbed in Ryde.