Passerby picks up stabbed man from side of road
A man was left to hitch a ride to medical help after being stabbed in the bicep in a north Waikato town.
Police are investigating the stabbing of the man, in his 40s, who suffered a knife wound to his right arm during an altercation in Taupiri on Thursday afternoon.
He was picked up by the passing motorist known to him and taken to Ngaruawahia medical centre before being transported to Waikato Hospital by ambulance, Detective Sergeant Stephen Ambler, Eastern Waikato police manager of criminal investigations said.
"We believe there's been an altercation at an address in Taupiri - a man has suffered a wound in his right bicep we believe was made by a knife or sharp instrument."
The man was currently in a stable condition in the hospital's High Dependency Unit.
The altercation between two men unfolded at a home next to the Taupiri dairy on Te Putu Lane around 4pm.
Both men were known to each other and members of different gangs, Ambler said, although that was not believed to have fuelled the altercation.
"We have spoken to people at the address and they have made statements to us.
"This is an isolated incident involving members of the same wider family group - there is no risk to the wider public of Taupiri."
Police are appealing for anyone who was on Te Putu lane between 3:30pm and 4:30pm who may have seen the altercation or anything suspicious at that time.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Anton Gregory of the Ngarauwhahia CIB on (07) 858 6200 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.