Police appeal

by Andy Bryenton

Dargaville Police is renewing appeals to the public for information following an investigation into an aggravated robbery incident in September last year.

On Wednesday, September 18 2018, a male victim was injured in an unprovoked attack, which took place around 10.30pm in the middle of a local road.

The exact location is unknown, but the assault took place between Plunket Street and Awakino Street in Dargaville.

The victim was driving his vehicle, a distinctive orange/copper metallic coloured Lexus IS200 saloon, this style of vehicle is also badged as a Toyota Altezza, between these two locations when he had stopped his car to remove a stereo that was located in the middle of the road.

A male offender had approached the vehicle, yelled at the victim, reached into the car and removed the keys.

The victim was then dragged out of the car and was hit on the head and knocked unconscious. Another person (a female) was believed to be with the male offender. The offenders stole the vehicle, and it was subsequently crashed at the eastern end of Victoria Street, Dargaville a short time later.

The offenders then fled the scene. The police have followed lines of enquiry in relation to this matter, but unfortunately the identity of those involved remains unknown, says Detective Andrew Bailey.

He adds that police urge those with information about this matter to come forward.

“We know that there are people out there with information about this cowardly attack. Relationships and allegiances change over time, and our message to anyone with information about the identity of those involved is that you need to do the right thing and come forward to police.”

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Andrew Bailey from Dargaville Police on 021 191 5765 or Detective Kyle Dalbeth on 021 191 2075.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.