Chilling footage captures moment rapist carried off victim, 24, after he accosted her as she tried to get taxi home at end of night out.

Leeds rapist carries victim in video after he accosted her following night out

The CCTV clips show the unidentified man walking around Leeds city centre shortly before he comes across the 24-year-old woman at around 5am on Friday, August 14 this year.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was on her way to get a taxi home after a night out when she was approached by the man in the Kirkgate area of the city.He spoke to her and walked alongside her down Briggate shopping street before they reached Dortmund Sqaure, where he picked her up in his arms and carried her to the scene of the attack on Mark Lane.
The man was described as black, aged 30 to 40, tall and with a shaved head. He was wearing a long black overcoat and black trousers.

The man was seen approaching a woman (pictured) on Swinegate at 4.45am and he can be seen walking along Briggate. He then comes across his victim and walks alongside her before he picks her up and carries her off

'I think the CCTV gives a really stark illustration of the very serious nature of this offence and we hope it will focus the public's minds on helping us to identify and trace the man responsible.' 
The disturbing CCTV then shows the victim limp in the man's arms as he carries her around a corner on Mark Lane.
Detective Twiggs said: 'We don't know if he assaulted her prior to picking her up.
'We don't have that on CCTV and the victim cannot be sure.
'There has obviously been some force during the attack but there was also not a lot of resistance from the victim.'
As part of the investigation, detectives have carried out an extensive trawl of CCTV cameras in Leeds city centre and have identified the suspect in several areas.
He is shown loitering in a car park at the rear of the Malmaison hotel in Swinegate at about 4.40am.
He is also seen approaching a woman on Swinegate at 4.45am and he can be seen walking along Briggate.
The man picked the woman, 24, up (pictured) and carried her to the scene of the attack on Mark Lane

Detective Twiggs said: 'The other footage we have released shows this man walking around Leeds city centre and we strongly believe he was looking for someone to attack before he focused on the victim.
'He is seen approaching a woman in Swinegate at about 4.45am. The footage is not completely clear but it shows a white woman wearing a skirt. I am appealing for that woman to contact us.'
Detective Twiggs continued: 'A man can be seen walking in the opposite direction shortly before and a taxi can be seen parked nearby.
'We would also like to trace those people as potential witnesses.
'The way the offender is dressed does give him the appearance of a doorman and we have been making extensive enquiries with licensed premises.
'However, there could be other reasons why he was dressed smartly like this.
Detective Twiggs added: 'I'm asking people to think about what events there were on in the city that night that he might have been attending dressed like this.
'He may have been staying at a hotel in the city centre and we would like to hear from anyone who has information about that.
'The images of this man are very distinctive and we would urge anyone who thinks they know who it is to contact us.
'We have recovered a DNA profile from the victim and so can easily eliminate anyone whose name is put forward.
'The circumstances of the offence and this man's behaviour leading up to it are a serious cause for concern and we need to identify and arrest him at the earliest opportunity.'
Detective Twiggs described the victim as 'doing okay.'
He said: 'Physically she is fine but mentally and emotionally she is trying to come to terms with the incident.
'She is quite angry with herself for allowing this to happen but it's wrong that she should feel that way. It's not her fault.' 
Following the incident the victim called for an ambulance which then met her a short distance away from where the attack had happened. 
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Rachel Gilsenan at Elland Road via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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