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We have received reports that NZ man 'Lawrence Adam Smithson' - may currently be in Queensland, Australia (Jan 2011).

Abducted girl jumped from car

A 14-year-old girl threw herself out of a moving car to escape her teenage abductor, who planned to take her somewhere quiet for sex, police claim.
An 18-year-old man is in custody charged with kidnapping the schoolgirl for sex.
Police say he grabbed his victim off a Carterton street on Tuesday morning and forced her into his car.
It is alleged he drove along Broadway in silence while she screamed continuously for him to stop.
In desperation, the kidnapped girl threw open the passenger door and leapt from the moving vehicle, tumbling on to the road.
She broke her wrist, was left covered in bruises and needed seven stitches in her head.
The accused, a farmhand, was arrested soon after. But before his arrest and moments after the girl threw herself from the car, it is alleged that he called his mother, saying he had been involved in a car crash and had run over somebody.
It was not until his parents took him to the police station, and after police spoke to the girl, that the actual details were revealed, police said.
The youth is also charged with the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in Carterton last April, at a time when police allege he was in school uniform and was heading home in his car from school.
In Masterton District Court yesterday, he was remanded in custody for a psychiatric assessment, despite attempts by his lawyer, Louise Elder, for bail under tight curfew conditions.
The teenager and his relatives broke down in tears when he was remanded in custody.
Judge Oke Blaikie, who granted the teenager interim name suppression, said: "You are 18 years of age and there appears to be an illness as far as you are concerned.
"The charges are serious and inquiries have to be made of your health. I am of a view that you are a risk of reoffending despite what everyone is saying."
The teenager's arrest follows an 18-month police investigation into approaches towards young girls in Wairarapa.
Last November, police charged Masterton man Lawrence Adam Smithson, 21, with two attempted abductions.
Despite the arrest, other incidents of men trying to lure young girls into their cars remained unsolved.
Inquiry head Detective Rob Rackliff said the 14-year-old girl had been incredibly brave.
"She should be commended for her quick thinking. Her actions may have saved her from more serious harm."

Sunday Star Times (9-7-2010)
Tanya Katterns

Wanted – Lawrence Adam SMITHSON
We have received reports that Smithson may currently be in Queensland, Australia (Jan 2011)

Masterton Police need your help to find

He is breaching his court bail conditions and is on current charges of attempted abduction.
SMITHSON is described as:
•Male Caucasian
•21 years •165cm / 5’5”
•Medium build
He has contacts in Wairarapa, Waimate and may be residing in the South Island.
Do you have any information that could help with this case?
Please contact the investigators by contacting them online
Contact the investigators online
Phone: 0800 107 4636

Crimestoppers Australia- 1800 333 000

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