Man turns 'rifle' on squeegee bandit

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 23:12 26/12/2013

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Police have arrested a man after what appeared to be a firearm was allegedly pointed at a New Plymouth window washer.

Sergeant Andrew Stilton said the firearm was a sawn-off air rifle which looked like a pump-action shotgun.

"It was very realistic looking," Mr Stilton said.

A fight had broken out outside the New Plymouth Fire Station on Liardet St about 11.45am on Christmas Eve when the weapon was presented.

It was alleged the man had got out of his car and pointed the air rifle at one of the window washers, known as the squeegee bandits.

Mr Stilton said police had tracked the man down by going to the address to which his car was registered.

Police managed to get in contact with the man who told them he was at Burger King and they went and picked him up.

The man would be facing firearms charges. Investigations were continuing and police want to speak to anyone who has any information.

Meanwhile, they are also looking for the good samaritan who stopped a vicious assault involving weapons outside New Plymouth's aquatic centre.

The attack by three women, aged in their late teens or early 20s, on another female of a similar age happened about 1.30pm on December 23.

Two of the alleged assailants were wielding hammers.

Mr Stilton said police were looking for the woman who went to the victim's aid.

"A member of the public has intervened and broken up the fight; we would like to speak to that person," he said.

The victim, who knew her attackers, only received minor cuts and bruises in the melee.

Mr Stilton said the woman had left the scene before police arrived but had prevented the victim from suffering more serious injuries.

He urged the woman, or anyone else who had any information about the attack, to contact New Plymouth police on 06-759 5500.

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