A man in his mid 80s was crash-tackled to the ground by a 12-year-old boy on Sunday, police say.
It took the man, who suffers from a debilitating medical condition, 30 minutes to crawl down a driveway to his house in Takapuna and call for help.
They say the boy physically appears to be in his mid-teens and suffers from a psychiatric disorder which can cause outbursts of violence.
The boy is legally not able to face criminal charges and the authorities will work to try and help manage the situation.
And police are dealing with two weekend sexual attacks on the North Shore.
For privacy reasons, police would not release details but say the scenario is a common one.
A young woman becomes heavily intoxicated and then finds herself alone with a man or wakes up in a strange bed realising something is wrong.
"We can't stop them drinking, but we can send the repeated message about looking after your mates," a police spokesman says.
"Quiet young women who don't drink very often are especially vulnerable.
"They might resist offers of help and be argumentative but if you're a friend you'll be persistent and get them all the way home safely, never letting them out of your sight."
Putting them to bed in a strange house to sleep it off might seem like a caring thing to do but so often that's where it all goes wrong, the spokesman says.
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