Fourteen-year-old boy arrested over assault on Auckland fast food worker
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly bashing a man over $20 and a pizza.
The boy has been charged with aggravated robbery, and will appear in the Waitakere Youth Court next Tuesday, Waitemata police Detective Sergeant Kelly Farran said.
Auckland fast food worker Mansoor Khan was in a stable condition in North Shore Hospital on Tuesday after he was bashed and left unconscious.
The 47-year-old pizza worker was left with serious head injuries after being assaulted and robbed of a pizza and $20 on Sunday.
Khan was taking a pizza out of his silver Subaru Impreza in Kelman Rd in Kelston in West Auckland about 6.30pm when he was struck on the back of the head, knocking him out.
Police said he was found with a serious head injury about 15 minutes later by a member of the public.
The offender took off with $20 and the pizza.
The injured man is in Auckland City Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Pizza Hut Kelston's assistant manager said "something like this" had never happened before.
The man, who said he had worked in the store for four years, said he had started his career as a delivery driver.
He said it was a "one-off" incident, and he did not feel there was any reason to be concerned about drivers' safety.
Drivers were independent contractors who were paid per delivery, he said.
The assistant manager said he felt safe working at the store.
Kelston resident Ray Liafu said it was a "wake up call" for the community.
The father-of-one said the incident happened only metres from his home on Barbary Ave, but he heard nothing because he was watching the All Blacks game at the time.
Liafu, who had lived in Kelston for 30 years, said the tight-knit community was a safe place to raise families, but the assault on the pizza worker indicated crime could happen anywhere.
Liafu said violence in the community was not acceptable, and incidents like these needed to be highlighted.
"Stuff happened in Ranui, we don't want it overlapping in Kelston."
Detective Sergeant Kelly Farrant said police were "absolutely disgusted by this offending".
"People have a right to go to work and do their job safely without being violently assaulted. It is simply not good enough and the Waitakere community will not accept it.
"This could have been far more serious had a member of the public not found the victim and called for help."
In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, police said they could not rule out the possibility of further charges being laid.
In 2001 pizza delivery worker Michael Choy was bashed to death with a baseball bat by a group of teenagers in a south Auckland suburb.
Choy's car was found halfway down a driveway and it was later determined that nobody at the house he was delivering to had ordered a pizza.
His killers included New Zealand's youngest ever convicted killer, Bailey Junior Kurariki, who was just 12 at the time.