A man was attacked by a gang of five males in the middle of a busy Hamilton street last night after chasing down a teen who had stolen his cell phone.
The victim, 25, had been using his laptop computer while he waiting for a bus at the Hamilton Transport Centre on Anglesea st about 9.30pm when a male youth rode up to him on a push bike and snatched his phone.
"The victim chased the offender who dropped his push bike in the middle of Anglesea St and the victim grabbed him, demanding his phone back.", Hamilton CIB's Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson said,
The victim and the offender struggled for the phone and then four other young males entered the fray and attacked the victim, Mr Patterson said.
"Security camera footage shows a number of drivers swerving around the melee before a bus driver pulls up and he and members of the public come to the victim's aid.''
When police arrived they arrest three males, two aged 15 and one aged 16. One of the three arrested was the main offender, Mr Patterson said.
''This leaves two offenders unidentified and Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the attack or who has information on the identity of the offenders."
Mr Patterson said anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Daryl Smith on 07 858 6200, calls will be treated in confidence.
Alternatively, anyone with information not in a position to speak to investigators directly is encouraged to leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
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