Auckland woman kicked unconscious by men attempting to steal neighbour's car
A woman was beaten until she was unconscious by two men trying to break into her neighbour's car in central Auckland.
Police said the 55-year-old woman was walking to her own car around 7pm on Monday when she saw two men trying to break into the car on Sutherland Rd, in Pt Chevalier.
The men attacked her, kicking and punching her until she was unconscious, before turning on the woman's daughter who had tried to come to her aid.
The mother suffered a significant injury to her eye, while her daughter suffered cuts and abrasions.
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The men made off with the woman's car, a 1998 blue Volkswagen Polo hatchback, registration CYJ547.
Police are appealing to the public for sightings of the car between 7pm on Monday and 9.30am on Tuesday, when it was found in Mt Albert.
Auckland City Police detective senior sergeant Glenn Baldwin said it was a "completely unprovoked attack on innocent members of the public".
"Both victims have been traumatised by the events and police need your help to catch these violent criminals before they hurt anyone else," Baldwin said.
"This was a brutal attack, and they should be locked up."
Baldwin said he did not recommend that members of the public confront offenders in the act of committing a crime, but commended the women for their bravery.
"It's really alarming when you walk out of your own home and you're set upon by violent offenders like that," he said. "It's not on, and they need to be caught."
Police believe both men were in their early to mid 20's, Polynesian or Maori and of stocky build.
One was described as having very short black hair, possibly shaved, wearing a long-sleeved white T-shirt and dark pants with black Nike shoes.
The second man was wearing a blue windbreaker-style jacket with a hood and black pants.
A man who answered the door of the home where the women lived, said both victims were too traumatised to speak to media.
A resident who's lived on the street for 10 years said she was shocked to hear of the attack and had felt safe in the area up until now.
Anyone with information that could help find the men is asked to contact the Auckland Crime Squad on 09 302 6557, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.