Whangamata assault victim sought, helper injured
A Hamilton man who tried to break up an assault in Whangamata ended up being punched, knocked to the ground and robbed. It's not known what happened to the first man assaulted.
The 22-year-old man intervened when he saw the man being attacked by two other men near the intersection of Ocean Road and Barbara Avenue.
Police are seeking more information on the assault, which happened about 1.30am on Tuesday, December 29, in Whangamata.
The 22-year-old Good Samaritan was a holidaymaker from Hamilton who came across the scene on foot, Detective Senior Sergeant Andrew Mortimore said.
He'd had two pieces of clothing, including a hat, stolen in the attack.
The incident was reported at the time and the Hamilton man had spoken to police about it, Mortimore said.
But police want to speak to the first man attacked to get more information, as they didn't have a complaint from him or even know who he was.
"We don't know what's happened to him, where he's gone."
Holidaymakers staying near the scene of the assault were woken by shouting. They understood a neighbour had gone out.
"Someone said, have some respect for the locals," said one of the holidaymakers, who didn't want to be named.
The group also heard someone being told to say sorry, and then an apology.
But they couldn't see anything from the house where they were staying.