CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Hamilton Carjacking & Assault

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CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Hamilton Carjacking & Assault

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  • CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Hamilton Carjacking & Assault

Ten 7, Episode

27
19th August 2021

Police are investigating an assault and carjacking that occurred on the 1st of July at around 10.15pm in the Pak’n Save parking lot on Mill Street in Hamilton.

The victim was sitting in his stationary vehicle, when he was approached by an unknown male. The male opened the driver door, and brandished a knife, demanding money from the victim, who put his arms up to protect himself. The suspect cut him with the knife, then the victim got out of his car and tried to get away from the suspect, who got into the vehicle, trying to take it. 

The suspect was unable to put the vehicle into drive, so he exited the vehicle and approached the victim to pull him back over to the car, and as he did so he punched him in the head multiple times.

The victim was called back over to the vehicle, where he re-entered the vehicle and put it into drive for the suspect. The suspect then pulled him out of the vehicle and got in while it was rolling and drove away.

Police do not know where the vehicle was taken after that, but they do know it was later dumped by the Parawera township at the intersection of Bayley and Owairaka Valley Roads. 

The Parawera township is a small rural community, so Police are hoping someone can tell them who drove the car there. Property belonging to the victim that was in the car had been recovered at an location separate to where the car was found, at the intersection of Huihuitaha Lake Arapuni Roads, near the Waotu township. There is a good chance the suspect was picked up or dropped off near one of these locations, as they’re quite remote.

CCTV footage from the Pak’n Save shows the suspect trying car door handles in the carpark, making it clear he had bad intentions from the beginning. Other people were in the carpark at the time, and Police would like to speak to them.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male in his early 20s 
  • Skinny build 
  • 5’10” 
  • Wearing a black hoodie, white socks, and a bandana over his face

This was a random and violent attack, and Police would like any information from the public that could lead to the apprehension of the suspect.