Robbed for cellphone

VANITA PRASAD
Last updated 08:15 13/11/2012
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STRICKEN STUDENT: Zane Kou, 16, was attacked by an armed robber on Friday morning near the Glen Eden Bowling Club.

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Being held down by a stranger with a sharp tool to his throat was not the exam preparation Zane Kou needed.

The Glen Eden teenager is sitting his first set of NCEA exams this week but is still shaken about being attacked by an armed robber on Friday morning.

The 16-year-old was walking along a shortcut near the Glen Eden Bowling Club which goes from Verdale Circle to the town centre when he noticed a young male looking at him.

"I put my headphones in and I went to walk past him. He put his hat down and I saw him pull something from his pocket," he says.

"When I tried to walk past him he blocked my way."

The attacker was described by Zane as a tall caucasian with a slim build in his late teens.

Zane says he was pushed to the ground before the attacker held a sharpened tool against his throat.

"He started patting down my pockets and felt my cellphone. He asked what it was. I tried to move but it [the sharp tool] cut my throat and I gave him my phone."

The attacker ran away and Zane gave chase but was unable to keep up with him.

The Green Bay High School student is now worried about how the incident will affect him during his exams and he wants the robber to be caught.

"I don't think it's the first time that he's ever done something like this. I won't be taking that shortcut alone any more."

Detective Sergeant Peter Litherland says police are investigating the incident.

"I'm not aware of a particular problem with these sorts of incidents in Glen Eden," he said. "It seems this was an opportunistic attack."

Mr Litherland says the attacker has short brown hair with golden tints.

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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