Attacker left bleeding in attempted robbery

01:50, Nov 08 2012
Kilbirnie attempted robbery photo
The man's green sweatshirt had two small emblems on the front and a large coat-of-arms style emblem on back.

The man who bashed a Kilbirnie liquor store attendant was seen bleeding from his forehead after the ''sustained attack'', police say.

Police revealed the new details this morning as they released more images of the man they believe was involved in the attack at the Kilbirnie Liquor Centre about 3pm Tuesday.

"We are hoping that these new images will help someone recognise him,'' Detective Sergeant Sam Mercer said.

Kilbirnie attempted robbery photo
Police have released new images from an attempted robbery in Kilbirnie.

During the attempted robbery the shop attendant defended himself with a crutch as he was punched repeatedly by a man trying to steal alcohol.

He was later taken to Wellington Hospital with minor facial injuries. The attacker was seen leaving the store and entering the Countdown supermarket nearby

"Witnesses who have already come forward have confirmed that the offender was bleeding from his forehead after the attack,'' Mr Mercer said today.

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"We are interested in hearing from anyone who saw this male, or who knows someone matching his description, as he would have had a fresh injury to his forehead.''

The attacker was described as Maori or Polynesian, with short dark hair. He was wearing tan- coloured trousers, white Nike shoes and a green sweatshirt with two small emblems on the front and a large coat-of-arms style emblem on back. His clothing may have had blood on it.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on (04) 381 2000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

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