Two men have been arrested but two more are sought by police
after a taxi driver was assaulted in Tauranga.
Police said the taxi picked up four men from the Welcome Bay
shops and drove to Ohauiti Road on Wednesday evening.
Once he stopped, the driver was put in a headlock and
attacked by the front seat passenger and one man in the rear
of the vehicle.
The driver managed to get out of the taxi but the assault
continued until a neighbour yelled at them.
The offenders ran away but about half a dozen residents who
came to the victim's aid were able to restrain one of the
A second man was arrested a short time later by a dog
The victim, a 40-year-old man, spent the night in hospital
with head injuries and was discharged yesterday.
Police have CCTV footage from the taxi of a third man they
want to identify. It is not believed he physically took part
in the assault but was part of the group.
A fourth man who was not captured on the camera is also
Two men, aged 18 and 19, appeared in Tauranga District Court
yesterday charged with aggravated robbery and have been
remanded in custody until next Tuesday.
Detective Sergeant Iain Chapman said: "I have to praise the
response of local residents who came to the victim's aid.
Although we never want the public to put themselves in danger
we couldn't do the job that we do without the invaluable help
of people willing to stand up for what is right."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective
Sergeant Chapman at Tauranga police on 07 577 4300 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.