Men attack woman with baseball bat

STEVE HOPKINS
Last updated 11:59 29/10/2012

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A woman suffered a broken elbow and cuts after three men smashed their way into her Papakura home and attacked her with a baseball bat.

The men broke into the woman's Old Wairoa Rd home and then smashed their way into a bedroom she and another occupant were hiding in on Saturday night.

A police spokeswoman said the woman, who knew her attackers, was beaten around the head and body with a baseball bat.

Police arrived while the men were at the address and are still interviewing them.
 
No charges have been laid yet. The men had earlier tried to break into the woman's mother's house, the spokeswoman said. The victim was taken to Middlemore Hospital.

Police interviewed her yesterday.

Meanwhile, a car wash owner was cut with a machete when he tried to grab the knife during a robbery on Saturday.

Two men in a stolen Nissan Primera entered the offices' of Auto Valet Car Wash Limited on Cavendish Dr, Manukau, armed with a machete about 4.30pm on Saturday and threatened the owner and other staff.

The office building was shared with an accountancy business and security camera monitoring staff also worked there.

A police spokeswoman said the owner suffered a cut to his hand when he tried to grab the knife.

The men stole a cell phone and a laptop and fled in the car, registration number ZL2355, along Cavendish Dr, before dumping it on Atkinson Ave. They were last seen in an alleyway on Seddon Ave.

The spokeswoman said police had examined the car and spoken to witnesses, but were yet to arrest the robbers.

On Friday night detectives doing bail checks in Meremere uncovered a haul of stolen property when they stopped a car pulling into a property on Springhill Rd.

The spokeswoman said after checking the vehicle ownership, police realised it had been reported stolen from Otara earlier that day, so then searched the car.

There they found two large flat screen TVs, golf clubs, laptops and other stolen electronics. The spokeswoman said one of the offenders admitted the items had been stolen from the Waikato region.

Two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old were arrested and charged with unlawful taking.

The older teenager is due to appear in the Manukau District Court today and the 16-year-old's will appear in the Manukau Youth Court. The spokeswoman said further charges were likely.

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