A mother and her preschool daughter were left too scared to
sleep after being carjacked by armed robbers on the run in
Two men, who had just robbed the Sports Bar in Manurewa and
made off with the till, forced the woman to stop her car near
the Southmall shopping complex and jumped in the back seat
carrying the bar's till.
One man grabbed the back of the woman's neck and the side of
her face, told her not to look at them and yelled at her to
The 24-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, said her
4-year-old daughter in the front seat beside her was
screaming in terror.
"The guy with the till jumped in front of my car. He yelled
for me to stop ... then before I had time to think about what
was going on, he'd jumped in the back of my car," she told
"He told me not to look back and he's yelled to the other
fella to get in the car. Then he grabbed the hood of my
jumper and was telling me to drive." The robbers were telling
her "to drive, to drive faster and not look back", as she
drove about 70 km/h within the 50 km/h zone.
"My daughter started screaming as soon as he started yelling.
"I was just telling her I'd look after her and things would
be all right."
The men led her on a circuitous route -- yelling at her to
take lefts and rights and race to beat traffic lights -- to
the intersection of Wordsworth and Weymouth Rds in Manurewa.
After about five to 10 minutes, they got her to stop and
jumped out. She said she watched them run across Weymouth Rd
towards Friedlanders Rd and then she called the police.
"After they had run off ... there was a knife just left on
the back seat.
"It was scary and it still is. I haven't been back to
Southmall. I stay well away from there now. It's just changed
Both mum and daughter had struggled to sleep in the days
since the incident, which happened on Monday last week just
"It was terrifying," the woman said. "[My daughter] has been
traumatised by it. She was just crying and crying and at
night she won't sleep."
Counties Manukau police are investigating the aggravated
robbery on August 4 and the carjacking.
* Anyone with information can contact Detective Logan Pene on
(09) 213-9167 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on
- By Sam Boyer of the New Zealand Herald