Counties Manukau police are searching for a man who physically assaulted an 80-year-old Chinese woman in her south Auckland home.
The attack happened on Wednesday night at about 5.30pm in Saralee Place, Manurewa – only a couple of blocks from where liquor shop owner Navtej Singh was fatally shot on Saturday night.
Detective inspector Mark Gutry said the victim received broken ribs and internal injuries in the attack and is currently in a critical condition in Middlemore Hospital.
Gutry said the investigation process has been slow as the family speaks Chinese, and an interpreter is being used to assist communication with police.
He said police have no indication why the assault took place, but the house is being searched to see if any belongings are missing.
The woman was home alone at the time of the attack, her family found her unconscious at about 10.30pm when they arrived home.
Gutry said it is not known how the man entered the woman’s house, but there were windows open at the time. He said the first the woman knew of the attack was when a hand was placed over her mouth.
The offender also attempted to put her in a closest during the attack, Gutry said.
The victim has told police her attacker was wearing black shorts and a white t-shirt.
Police don’t believe the attack is linked to any other crime in the area.
“This is a good street in general and the neighbours seem to be nice people,” Gutry said.
“We haven’t had anything similar to this in recent times in the area, but always we will look at older cases to see.”
“It seems to be an isolated incident.”
The victim’s name won’t be released until more of her family are informed of her attack.
“Her family members are obviously very worried about their mother and why someone has come into the house and attacked her.
“At 80 years old any type of attack is difficult to recover from.”
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a man matching the offender’s description suspiciously in the area on Wednesday night.
“Any attack on anyone in their house is serious and we want to find the person involved before he hurts anyone else."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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