American victim met the man as she walked home from a pub at 4am An expatriate man is being hunted by police in connection with the rape of an American woman at her Wan Chai home eight months ago. Police yesterday issued a picture of the bald man, apparently smirking, taken from a surveillance camera inside a lift at the woman's apartment block in Harbour Road. The image was captured more than an hour after the man was seen accompanying the American woman into the building in the early hours of November 7, according to police. It is understood the woman had been working in the city as a company manager for more than a year at the time of the attack. Appealing for information, police said the man is about 30 to 40 years old, around 1.8 metres tall and strongly built. He was wearing a dark blue long-sleeved shirt and a pair of light-coloured trousers at the time of the incident. It is alleged that the victim encountered the man at about 4am as she was walking home alone after drinking with friends at a pub in Wan Chai. Officers said the woman appeared to have been drinking heavily before leaving the pub for her home, which is a short walk away. When she woke up later the same morning, she found that she had been raped. 'The victim was unable to recall what had happened after she left the pub. But she told our officers that she did not know the man,' said a police source. The source said an investigation had revealed the woman had not been beaten. Police said anyone who can identify the man or provide information about his whereabouts should contact officers of the Wan Chai district crime squad on 28287556. Senior Inspector Ng Kwok-wing, of Wan Chai police station, said: 'We are not treating the man as a rapist or suspect. We want to speak to him and find out what had happened on that day.' He said police were issuing his picture as a last resort. It is understood that officers have talked to residents of the building and checked with bars in Wan Chai in an attempt to find the man over the past eight months. 'We hope someone might identify him by seeing the picture and tell us who he his,' said Senior Inspector Ng. Figures showed that the number of reported rapes increased by 31.4 per cent to 92 in 2004, from 70 in 2003. Police said there were 45 reports of rape in the first six months of this year.