A Blenheim dairy owner fled from his shop yesterday morning when a large man carrying a hammer demanded money from the till.
Henry Huang, who owns the Showgrounds Store in Maxwell Rd, went into the front of his shop about 11.43am when a "very strange" looking man came in wearing a black hoodie and big sunglasses. The man was also shielding his face with his hand.
When Mr Huang asked him what he wanted, the man opened a black bag revealing a hammer, and told him to put the money from the till into the bag.
He didn't pull the hammer out of the bag, but it still frightened Mr Huang.
"I ran out the back and yelled ‘Help me please, help'," Mr Huang told the Marlborough Express.
The man ran from the shop without taking anything.
A woman heard Mr Huang yelling and later told him she saw a large Polynesian man running past Meaters of Marlborough, just north of the dairy, before turning right along Litchfield St.
It was lucky she had seen him, Mr Huang said, as he did not remember much about the man, although he thought he would have been in his 20s or 30s.
Police described the man as being a Polynesian about 1.8 metres (6ft) tall, with black hair, which was frizzy on top and had a long ponytail at the back.
He was dressed entirely in black clothes, except for the soles of his shoes, which were red, and his sunglasses, which were white.
Mr Huang said he felt nervous after the incident but fortunate that it had not been his wife or a staff member in the shop at the time.
"I'm worried about if my staff or my wife were here . . . sometimes my babies are here with my wife so that's, oh my god," he said.
This was the first time anything like this had happened in the four years Mr Huang had owned the dairy, he said.
Police had arrived and asked him a lot of questions, and he hoped they would be able to find the offender quickly, he said.
A police spokeswoman said they were looking for any information from the public to help identify the man.
They would like to speak to anyone who saw someone fitting his description in the area or anyone who had information that might help the investigation, she said.
Anyone with information is asked to phone the Blenheim police station on 03 578 5279. Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- The Marlborough Express
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