News from NZ Police
Hawkes Bay Police have arrested a woman in connection with the assault on a French couple in Napier on Saturday night.
The woman is facing a charge of assault with intent to rob and police say more charges are likely. Her male co-offender is still outstanding and police are appealing for information about him.
The French couple were assaulted when they were in their campervan in the Whakarire Ave carpark at the end of Westshore Beach in Napier about 10.45pm.
The man received injuries to his face and eye after he was pistol-whipped. A baseball bat was also carried by the couple’s attackers.
News from NZ Police – October 20
Two French tourists were attacked in a carpark in Napier last night. The couple, both aged 22, were in their van in the Whakarire Avenue carpark at the end of Westshore Beach about 10.45pm when they were approached by a Maori man and woman who asked for a cigarette lighter.
Shortly afterwards, the woman produced a pistol and the man a baseball bat. A scuffle ensued which resulted in the male tourist being pistol-whipped.
The tourists tried to alert nearby houses by sounding the van’s horn. This scared the offenders off and the victims went to a nearby house to call police. The French man received injuries to his eye and his cheek and the woman was unharmed.
Detective Mike Signal said police are seeking the public’s help to identify the offenders, who were driving a silver Subaru Legacy or similar type of vehicle.
“We’re very keen to hear from anyone who may know anything about this attack and who was involved. This was a cowardly and despicable act on two innocent tourists who were enjoying a visit to Hawke’s Bay. They are understandably very shaken by their ordeal.”
Mr Signal said the couple arrived in New Zealand in September for a working holiday. They speak little English and police are using interpreters to help interview them.
Anyone who has information about the attack should contact Detective John McGregor at Napier Police on 06 8310700 or information can be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.