Waikato man's rampage
A hammer-wielding man allegedly assaulted two people and stole a car during a spree across the Waikato this morning.
Police said the man first approached an 80-year-old at a shop in Studholme Street in Morrinsville around 10am this morning, demanding his car keys.
When the elderly man refused, the alleged offender snatched the keys and took off in his car, leaving his victim with a minor injury.
The man then drove to Matamata, where he entered the Challenge Service station carrying a hammer, while wearing blue overalls, a T-shirt over his face and gloves.
When inside, he demanded cash from a staff member and assaulted her, police said
He also demanded property from a customer in the shops before leaving in his stolen vehicle at speed.
Police searching for the man initially lost sight of him due to what they called "excessive speed". However a short time later they located the car, abandoned after hitting a post.
Officers eventually spotted the alleged offender running through a park, and ran after him on foot.
The man was captured, arrested and will likely be charged later today. Police said he was a 32-year-old man from Morrinsville.
His victims were shaken by the experience and were receiving appropriate care, police said.
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