Three arrested over 'unprovoked' stabbing attack at roundabout in Rotorua

  • 13/03/2024
A police car.
A police car. Photo credit: Newshub

Three people have been arrested following a stabbing attack in Rotorua.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark van Kempen said three vehicles were involved in the "unprovoked attack" at the roundabout of Te Ngae Rd and Owhata Rd on Friday.

Shortly before midday, the victims were travelling in a van when they were attacked by a large group of people from two other vehicles.

They received several injuries, including stab wounds which required hospital treatment.

Police, supported by the Armed Offenders Squad, on Wednesday arrested three Rotorua men.

The alleged offenders – aged 28, 30 and 35 - have been charged with aggravated robbery, wounding with intent and participating in an organised criminal group.

All three are expected to appear in the Rotorua District Court on Thursday.

Police also confiscated two vehicles believed to have been involved in Friday's attack, as well as a pistol unrelated to the attack.

It comes as police continue to investigate other incidents across Rotorua, including a man who received a gunshot wound to his leg at the Te Ngae Shopping Centre carpark on Monday.

Investigators are working to establish if the shooting is related to Friday's attack.

"We expect to make more arrests and lay further charges in relation to these incidents," Snr Srg van Kempen said.

"We understand the fear and concern events like this inflict on the community and we will continue to pursue every lead to hold those involved to account.

"Police have no tolerance for crime or intimidation in our communities and we ask anyone who witnesses illegal acts to call police immediately on 111."