A group of men ambushed and assaulted a lone female St John
ambulance officer on her way to an emergency in Hamilton last
night and demanded drugs.
The vehicle was waved down on Cameron Rd at 12.35am by a man
apparently seeking help for another man lying on the ground
next to him.
While helping the man on the ground, two other men joined the
group, Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson of Hamilton
They manoeuvred the ambulance officer into the vehicle and
While the ambulance was being searched for drugs, two of the
men assaulted the driver, who managed to alert ambulance and
police before escaping.
She was uninjured.
Mr Patterson said it was a sad day when an emergency service
on the way to a call was tricked in such a way.
"These people have shown no respect for the service ambulance
officers provide to our community. Today we will interview
witnesses as we seek to identify those responsible."
A forensic examination of the ambulance was taking place
Mr Patterson wanted to hear from anyone who knew anything
about the attack.
The four men left without any drugs, Mr Patterson said
"Ambulances don't carry the type of drugs they were after -
A St John spokeswoman said the officer was "very distressed"
and speaking with police today.
"St John takes very seriously the safety of its officers and
has procedures in place to ensure their security and
"We are working with police and supporting our officer." the
Another vehicle was assigned to the original incident
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ