Police are hunting for three suspects are being searched for
after a Buddhist monk was attacked in a vicious robbery in
south of Auckland last night.
Emergency services were called to the Buddhist temple on
Beaver Road in Bombay around 8.40pm yesterday.
A 58-year-old Vietnamese monk on the premises at the time was
assaulted and then handcuffed before the offenders fled.
Police currently investigating the "particularly nasty"
assault were asking the public for assistance to help
identify the three offenders involved.
The offenders smashed down the harmless monk's front ranch
slider and then assaulted him, before binding him with
handcuffs and leading him to the temple.
The offenders continued to assault the monk and took property
from the temple before leaving the monk unconscious and
attempting to get away in his vehicle.
When they could not leave the premises in his vehicle they
abandoned it and left by other means.
The monk suffered a number of fractures and a significant
head wound and was receiving treatment in hospital.
Police described the attack as vicious and unprovoked, and
said the public could help by providing any information which
may identify the three offenders.
A scene examination was in the process of being completed and
a number of other inquiries were being followed up.
A number of suspicious vehicles had been seen in the area in
the days prior to the attack.
Police were also interested in any sightings or information
about a blue 2000 Mazda Capella hatchback, registration
Anyone with any information can contact either the Counties
Manukau CIB on 09 2611300 or Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively if they wished to remain anonymous they could
contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.