Hastings chip shop attacker sought

Police are looking for a man who attacked a woman working in a Hastings takeaway shop yesterday.

A man with a knife forced his way into the Kiwi Street Takeaways after knocking on the back door of the shop about 4.15pm before pushing a staff member against a wall and demanded money.

He then punched her in the face.

The attacker was interrupted by a customer coming into the shop and ran out the back door.

The woman rang police who were unable to find the offender.

It is believed he ran through Camberley School then into Kirkpatrick Park.

The victim suffered bruising and was left very shaken and upset.

The man is described as Maori, in his late teens or early 20s, of tall, skinny build with longish hair.

Police would like to speak with anyone who may have information about the attack or who has seen a person fitting the description of the offender in the Kiwi St area yesterday afternoon.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Hamish Urquhart at Hastings police on  8730554.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

The Dominion Post