Driver dragged, beaten and dumped
A blue BMW stolen in an alleged carjacking has been found, but Hamilton police are still hunting for the offenders and they're asking the public to help track them down.
Officers were still working to establish exactly what happened yet it appears a 24-year-old Te Aroha man was assaulted overnight and had his car stolen, Senior Sergeant Dave Litton, said.
"It all started after our victim agreed to drive two women and a man to a liquor store and then to their respective homes. At one point the male passenger convinced the victim to let him drive and while the victim was in the front passenger seat, the two women allegedly assaulted him.
"When they parked his car outside a Clyde St house the man followed the three offenders inside with the intent of getting his keys back, Litton said, but he was dragged outside to his car and driven to State Highway 26 at Newstead.
''Taken out of the car the man was beaten before being abandoned on the side of the road."
Passing motorists found the injured man lying on the roadside and raised the alarm.
"His injuries were sufficiently serious for him to require hospital treatment but it is thought he will be released later today.
"We believe the incident occurred about 10pm. The car, a blue 1992 BMW 320i sedan was recovered by some flats on the corner of Hamilton's Peachgrove Rd and Clyde St about 8.45am today and is currently being forensically examined."
Litton said the public could be key to identifying the offenders responsible.
"So far the only description we have is the victim describing them as Maori with the male being called "Mohepa."
"Obviously police are taking this matter very seriously and we are appealing for anyone with any information on the identity of the offenders to come forward."
Anyone with any information on the identities of those involved in the attack is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Nick O'Brien of the Hamilton CIB on 07 858 6200.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.