Cyprus Mail

Woman attacked and sexually assaulted on the highway

A 46-year-old woman reported to police that she was sexually assaulted and robbed by a man on the highway to Larnaca on Monday evening.

The woman told police the suspect had flagged her down using a flashlight near the exit to Lymbia at around 8.30pm.

Thinking he was a police officer, the woman stopped her car on the hard shoulder only to find herself with a knife to her throat.

Speaking in the Cypriot dialect, the man robbed her of €250. He then forced her out of her car and grabbing her by the hair, he hit her head on the bonnet.

He then threw her in the backseat where he sexually assaulted her, police said. The woman managed to fight off the assailant who fled the scene in a car.

According to the description provided by the woman, the man is around 35-years-old.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides urged the public to be extra careful on the roads, especially highways.

When alone in the vehicle it is recommended that they avoid stopping if they suspect something was wrong.

Reporting any incident to police as soon as possible was very important, Angelides said.

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