INCIDENTAL HERO: Aaron Bidwell near the stretch of highway where he found the Yamba woman. Photo: NORTHERN STAR.
INCIDENTAL HERO: Aaron Bidwell near the stretch of highway where he found the Yamba woman. Photo: NORTHERN STAR.

Yamba student stalked by ?creep

By WILL JACKSON, The Northern Star

AARON BIDWELL was a welcome sight for the young Yamba woman being stalked down a lonely stretch of the Pacific Highway on Monday evening. The incidental hero said he found the 20-year-old university student hysterical and in tears after her ordeal with a menacing would-be abductor south of Bangalow.

"I think the creep got scared off just from my being there," the nursery worker said, "but she still seemed pretty grateful."

The worst of thoughts would have been running through the young woman's mind only minutes earlier. After leaving Southern Cross University at around 4pm, to visit friends in Murwillumbah, she broke down 300m south of Martins Lane, Knockrow, she later told police.

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A strange man in a silver convertible then stopped to offer help, but when she told him his offer wasn't necessary, he refused to leave her alone.

Feeling intimidated and vulnerable, the 20-year-old decided to abandon her car to seek help.

But as she walked away, he allegedly tried to grab her by the arm.

Managing to escape his grasp, she ran off and made her way down the road.

Aaron, an Alstonville resident, was gardening out the front of Southern Cross Botanicals when he saw the young woman walking south down the highway.

"I thought it was a bit strange," the 21-year-old said. "You don't often see a pretty blonde girl in a mini-skirt walking down that length of the highway."

As she reached the point across the other side of the road from him, a silver convertible pulled alongside her, but sped off as soon as he walked up the bank, he said.

Aaron said she was 'flipping out'.

"It was just before 5pm when I was due to knock off. It's lucky I was still around, if it had been a couple of minutes later I wouldn't have been here and who knows what would have happened to her.

"I first thought it was a domestic or something, so I didn't bother to get the guy's number plates, I just thought 'nice car'!

"It was a convertible metallic silver Nissan 300 ZX, around 10 years old.

"She was talking to her mum in Sydney on her phone, and gave it to me for a bit while she calmed down.

"Her mum said something similar had happened to her last year as well.

"Imagine how good you'd feel if you won the Lottery. Now reverse that and that's how bad she seemed. I told to her to hang around until I knocked off. Then I gave her a ride to her car where her boyfriend was waiting."

The would-be abductor was described as 'Australian', late 30s, 182 cm tall, medium build with short brown hair, wearing a tight, white t-shirt and khaki shorts.

Police have asked anyone with any information regarding the incident to call Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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