Police were called at around 5.20am on Sunday 21 November to a report that a woman in her 20s had been raped by a man in a vehicle on Back Cheapside, Bolton.
Officers quickly attended to the woman but the male had fled prior to police arrival.
She is currently receiving support from specialist services.
An investigation was launched and following enquiries a 29-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning (22 November). He was arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in custody for questioning.
No other individuals are being sought.
Detective Sergeant Robert Parker of GMP's Bolton district said: "This was an extremely distressing incident for the woman involved and she is currently receiving specialist support as she begins to process what has happened to her.
"I also understand the considerable concern this will cause for the community and I want to stress that this incident is being treated with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity. A full investigation was launched following the report and I'm glad to say we have now made an arrest in connection and he currently remains in custody for questioning by officers.
"Our investigation will remain ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or has information or footage that could assist our enquiries then please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.
"Any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, could prove vital to our investigation."
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5757 quoting incident 737 of 21/11/21. You can also submit information via 101 or our online LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk.
Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims. If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
- Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. They offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by calling 0161 276 6515. - Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call on 0161 273 4500 or email [email protected]
- Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.