Vicious home invasions may be linked
A pair of violent incidents in west Waikato, that included the driver of one car trying to run another vehicle off the road, are believed to be linked.
A police investigation team is trying to track down the alleged offenders and they are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The first incident happened at the rural settlement east of Ngaruawahia about 3pm on Thursday, area investigations manager, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Whitehead, said.
"At this stage we believe four men in a car have arrived at a Te Hoe address and assaulted the occupants before two of the victims managed to escape, fleeing in their car,'' Whitehead said.
"The victims have been pursued by the offenders who attempted to run the victims' car off the road before they managed to evade them."
Whitehead said the next incident, about 8.30pm, involved four men forcing their way into a Ngaruawahia home searching for a person they believed was there.
"An enquiry team has been formed to look into the two incidents which we believe are linked. This team of investigators is working to locate the offenders and it is our belief the offenders and victims are known to each other."
Whitehead said a key to establishing what had happened was members of the public who witnessed either incident to make contact with police on 07 858 6200.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.