Police have identified four youths who allegedly used "extreme violence" in an aggravated robbery that left an east Auckland liquor store employee in hospital.
Police said that thanks to the public, the alleged offenders had been identified and were in the process of being located this morning.
The suspects were aged between 14 and 16 and would go through Youth Court proceedings, with their identities automatically suppressed.
Four males attempted to rob the Ti Rakau Liquor in Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga, on Saturday last week.
An employee working on his own tried to stop one of the offenders stealing a bottle of alcohol about 8.30pm when he was attacked.
"He didn't have ID ... he left and was talking to his group of four friends outside for about 10 minutes," the employee said yesterday.
"I was just standing there asking them for their ID, then one guy just attacked me.
"Then the rest joined in and were punching me in the face.
"One of them broke one or two bottles over my head and I lost consciousness for a few minutes," he said.
"When I went to ring the cops I couldn't even remember the number ... I had to Google it."
Police had responded to the incident "very quickly," he said.
He was taken to hospital overnight for his injuries.
The assailants left the store with several bottles of spirits.
Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell Harpur said the attack was worrying.
"It is very concerning that these offenders have used such extreme violence against this defenceless victim," he said.