It is reported that the victim was in her garden at around 6pm on Sunday 4 April 2021, when the suspect initially appeared at a fence. He claimed he had been cycling and asked for a drink, but after being given a bottle of water jumped over the fence and forced the woman inside the property. It is alleged the suspect stole money and valuables and that the woman was assaulted. The victim was then restrained, before the suspect left.
At around 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 April, concerns were raised to police by people known to the victim, after they had been unable to contact her. Officers attended the address, which is located between junctions for Mill Lane and Cradducks Lane. They found the victim inside, still restrained. She was taken to hospital, where she is now recovering.
An investigation is being led by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. The suspect is white, aged in his 20s to 30s, around 5ft 10ins tall and of slim build. He was described as having a local accent and wearing black trainers, a black hooded top and black gloves with white markings on them. If you have any information call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/56590/21. You can also contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or by using the online form.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Kimber said: ‘The victim has endured a harrowing and traumatic ordeal and we are appealing to members of the public to help us find the person responsible. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously please don’t hesitate to contact us. It is possible this man may have passed by other properties in the area and therefore we are also urging residents to check any CCTV or doorbell cameras for anything suspicious. If you were driving through this area you may also have important footage on dashcams. Please do check if you have these devices in your vehicle, as they could contain evidence vital to the investigation.’