French tourists robbed with hammer, assaulted

Police have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19, for an aggravated assault on French tourists in Dargaville.
CHARLOTTE CURD/ FAIRFAX NZ

Police have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19, for an aggravated assault on French tourists in Dargaville.

A French couple asleep in a van were woken, allegedly robbed and the male victim bashed by teenaged offenders.

Police in Dargaville in Northland are investigating the aggravated robbery, which happened about 1am on Sunday.

One of the alleged offenders was said to be armed with a hammer.

Police say the two men demanded money from the French couple, and both then punched the male victim.

The Frenchman received what police described as a "moderate injury to his face", and the two alleged offenders ran away with some cash.

"A police dog subsequently tracked the two men to a location nearby where they were arrested," police said in a statement.

"The stolen cash was recovered, however the hammer is still unaccounted for."

Police said the two victims were "traumatised" but otherwise "in relatively good spirits".

The two men charged with the aggravated robbery were aged 18 and 19 years old. 

They will appear in Whangarei District Court on aggravated robbery and cannabis related charges

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Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen the alleged offenders in the area.

"They were carrying a backpack between them and were possibly walking in Victoria St, Dargaville, between 12.15am and 1.30am on April 24."

Anyone with information can contact Detective Sergeant Jonathan Tier at the Dargaville police on (09) 439-3400 or call anonymously to the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff

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