Machete attack: Young person arrested after series of aggravated robberies in Hamilton
Police have arrested a youth in relation to a violent Hamilton robbery of a bottle store which saw two victims left nursing injuries.
Thirsty Liquor bottle store and Cambridge Rd dairy were targeted in simultaneous aggravated robberies by a group of six people on Tuesday night.
Faces masked and armed with weapons including a machete, hockey stick and screwdriver, three offenders went into each store at 6.50pm.
Thirsty Liquor manager Karun Mittal was confronted by the men in his store and beaten about the head and body both in and outside the store.Advertisement Advertise with NZME.
- Aggravated robbery: Brutal machete attack on brave Hamilton shopkeepers - NZ Herald
- Hamilton armed robberies linked - police - NZ Herald
- 'He is my hero': Manager's lucky escape after robbers attack two Hamilton stores armed with machete, hockey stick, screwdriver - NZ Herald
- Six arrested, firearms recovered after aggravated robberies and burglaries in Levin - NZ Herald
Neighbouring business owners David and Carol Ye ran to help Mittal. However, David Ye was beaten and struck by the person with the screwdriver.
The incident at the bottle store was captured on CCTV footage, which has since gone viral on social media.
Ye was hospitalised but back at work on Wednesday. On Friday he was still nursing a swollen temple and cuts to his arm. Meanwhile, Mittal was using a crutch due to a leg injury.
Hamilton Police Acting Detective Sergeant Simon Moore said this afternoon that a youth has since been arrested for their alleged role in the robberies at the businesses, as well as one at Ngaruawahia earlier in the week.Thirsty Liquor store manager Karun Mittal and Hillcrest Kitchen Fish and Chips owner David Ye, reunited on Friday. Photo / Belinda Feek
The young person will appear in the Hamilton Youth Court tomorrow facing five aggravated robbery charges
Another young person had also been arrested and charged in connection with an aggravated robbery earlier in the week.
Police thanked the community for their assistance in the arrests.
Moore said officers were currently "following positive lines of inquiry in relation to the outstanding offenders".Advertisement Advertise with NZME.
Inside the depraved world of Christian Brueckner, suspect in Maddie McCann case
Appeal filed: Police challenging sentence, suppression of Govt manager who planted bathroom spy cam