Quick thinking ends Whangarei carjacking

whangarei carjacking
He flashed his lights and tooted his horn to alert other motorists (Newshub.)

Police would like to speak to a ute driver whose intervention ended a carjacking and brutal assault in Whangarei on Friday.

The 29-year-old victim was sitting in his parked car when he was approached by two males who asked for a ride home around 6:30pm.

He agreed, but once he started driving the males became aggressive. They began punching him, one placing him in a choker-hold as he drove.

They ordered the driver to take them along Central Avenue and into Second Avenue.

Before turning into Second Avenue, the victim flashed his headlights and tooted his horn to gain the attention of a 4x4 ute driving in the opposite direction.

The ute turned to follow, and the victim pulled to the left on Second Avenue to try and stop.

The ute driver got out of his vehicle, as did the two offenders, who escaped on foot.

The driver of the ute provided assistance to the victim.

The two males have not been found.

Description of the offenders 

Male one:

  • Blonde hair, long on the top
  • Clean shaven
  • Skinny
  • Shorter than 162cm
  • Believed to be Maori and 25 to 30 years old
  • Wore a white T-shirt under another dark coloured T-shirt.

Male two:

  • Large build
  • Believed to be Maori and 25 to 30 years old
  • Dark hair
  • Looked like he hadn't shaved for a couple of days
  • A big, round face and a tattoo on the left side of his neck that looked like it went down his arm
  • Taller than the other male, but still less than 162cm
  • Big arms, big legs and was wearing a light grey hoodie.

Police would like to hear from the driver of the 4x4 ute - please contact Detective Sergeant David Hamilton on 021 190 7940, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police would also like to hear from anyone in the vicinity of Central Avenue and Water St who may have noticed suspicious activity or seen the two offenders escaping.