Police have named a man wanted in connection with the rape and the attempted abduction of a schoolgirl in Mitcham, South London as 26-year-old Kadian Nelson. Police were called shortly after 7am after a woman rescued the girls from the attacker whilst also capturing footage of him on her mobile phone.
A manhunt is currently underway for Kadian Nelson, 26 after the alleged rape of a 15-year-old schoolgirl this morning in Mitcham, South London.
Officers from Met police were called just after 7am this morning and the teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers after Nelson dragged her from the street and forced her to perform sex acts.
At the time of writing, no arrests have made but police have authorised a section 60 order for the entire Borough of Merton and Wandsworth, granting officers additional stop and search powers due to “fears of serious violence”
Met police’s Det Supt Owain Richards had this to say earlier:
“Police have been conducting extensive enquiries today to locate Kadian Nelson after an allegation of rape was received shortly after 07:00hrs to the North Place area on Tuesday, 3 November. A teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers.
“I am appealing directly to Kadian to attend his nearest police station immediately or to call police and inform us as to his whereabouts. This is for his safety, as well as members of the public.
“I recognise that this is a shocking and distressing incident and emotions locally are running very high. We are of course aware of videos and images circulating on social media, and of groups of people attending various addresses.
“I urge those people to go home. Do not try to take the law into your own hands or you may end up doing something you regret and potentially face police action yourself.
“You must allow us to do our jobs. It is imperative that we follow the right processes as we investigate this incident as any interference could potentially affect proceedings further down the line.
“A Section 60 Order has been authorised for the entirety of the Borough of Merton and Wandsworth, granting police additional stop and search powers, as a result of fears of serious violence.”
The section 60 order was authorised after reports that groups of people were visiting addresses looking for Nelson. Det Supt Owain Richards appealed for Nelson to hand himself in for his own protection.
Video footage was shared on social media of the attacker running up to the girl and then holding her tightly around the shoulders as he dragged her down an ally and out of view.
Another video shows a female passer-by following and filming the attacker and asking the girl if she knows the man to which the girl replies:
“No, I don’t know him… I’m really scared…”
The attacker then walks away. The girl can then be heard telling the lady who rescued her “Thank you, thank you”.
Any witnesses or those who have information that could assist police is asked to call 101 ref CAD V184/20.
Alternatively tweet @MetCC, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Met police have now issued a statement to say that a 26 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape at 20:02hrs in Robinson Road SW17 following a call from a member of the public.
The police also thanked the media and public for sharing their appeal but reminded people “to please be mindful of sharing information via social media that could identify the alleged victim, or affect any potential future proceedings”.
See the full Met police statement here.