A man is being hunted by police after a suspected rape attack on a teenage girl in south-west London.
Police are hunting for Kadian Nelson, 26, who is believed to reside in the Mitcham area, following the alleged rape in Merton.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called shortly after 7am and the teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers.
A crime scene remains in place and there have not been any arrests at this stage.
A Section 60 Order has been authorised for the entirety of the Borough of Merton and Wandsworth by the police which grants officers additional stop and search powers, as a result of ‘fears of serious violence’.
Kadian Nelson (left and right), 26, being hunted by police after a suspected rape attack on a teenage girl in south-west London
Det Supt Owain Richards said: ‘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.’
Today shocking footage showed the moment a woman who came to the young girl’s rescue catches up with the pair before the man runs away, leaving his distraught victim in the street.
During the footage, the filmer asks, ‘do you know him?’ and the girl, who is in tears, replies, ‘no I don’t know him… I’m really scared… I was just trying to go to school, thank you so much.’
Norrisa-Jean Fagan, the sister of the woman who rescued the girl, said on Facebook that her sibling had been alerted to the potential abduction by their younger sister.
The sister was on her way to school and spotted the man with his hand over the young girl’s mouth.
She then told her older sister and her mother who went out in search of the man.
In the horrifying clip, the older sister films as she turns down an alley in Mitcham and again comes across the man and the girl after following them before the clip started.
She shouts: ‘Let her go, what are you doing with her?’
Footage showed the the alleged attack confront the young girl as she walks through the street in Merton
During the footage, the filmer asks, ‘do you know him?’ and the girl, who is in tears, replies, ‘no I don’t know him… I’m really scared…’
The sister was on her way to school and spotted the man with his hand over the young girl’s mouth
To which the man replies: ‘This is my sister bro. This is my family bro, move from me bro.’
The woman, who is following with her mother, continues following as the man then moves away with the girl.
She is heard asking her mother: ‘Is that the same one that just walked past us mum?’, in reference to the suspected abductor.
She and her mother then continue following and the man again repeats that the girl is his family, and so the filmer demands, ‘so what are you doing with her?’
The hero woman then shouts, ‘are you ok?’ before her mother adds, ‘hey girl!’
The mother shouts ‘hey’ again twice before the filmer adds, ‘I’m following you’.
He then stops himself and the girl in the street before he demands, ‘Why are you f***ing stalking me bro?’
He then runs away, leaving the shaking and crying girl in the street.
The filmer says, ‘do you know him?’
The girl responds, ‘no I don’t know him’ before saying that he tried to get her to perform a sex act on him.
The filmer’s sister shared the clip at 7.05am this morning and said her sister witnessed a man abducting a young girl whilst on her way to school
With her voice racked by tears, she then adds, ‘I’m really scared, I’m really scared. I was just trying to go to school, thank you so much, thank you, thank you.’
Posting the video on Facebook, the filmer’s sister wrote: ‘At 7:05am this morning, my little sister witnessed a man abducting a young girl whilst on her way to school.
‘She noticed the man had his hands over her mouth whilst walking down Pitcairn Road (Mitcham) and was behaving in a strange manner.
‘She called and alerted my Mum and sister who called the police and left our house to attempt to find him.
‘When they found him at North Place (Mitcham/Colliers Wood), he had put his coat on her and made her perform sexual acts on him.
‘As my sister approached him he tried to say that the girl was his sister but she persisted to follow him and eventually he ran away through Singleton Close towards Colliers Wood.
‘She didn’t manage to get a clear photo of his face and the police are currently searching for him but if you know anything please contact me or the police.’
It is not known if any arrests have been made but the police have been alerted.
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