Man run over after interrupting car theft at Hamilton friend's home
A couple of teenagers didn't stop at punching and kicking a man in his late-60s after he interrupted them trying to steal a car.
The pair allegedly ran over him with a stolen vehicle twice, as he lay bruised and battered on a Hamilton street, according to a close friend of the victim.
He was saved by an ex-security guard who saw what was happening and managed to scare off the assailants.
Police were called to the assault on MacFarlane St in Hamilton East on Saturday night.
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Two 16-year-olds have since been arrested, Inspector Karl Thornton of Waikato police said on Monday.
The Auckland-based victim, who Stuff has chosen not to name, had been staying with Brian Stabb, who suffers from chronic medical conditions.
"He came to stay - basically to look after me - about four or five weeks ago," Stabb said.
On Saturday night, Stabb had taken a sleeping pill and went to bed while his friend continued working on his laptop.
"He heard something outside in my garden, where I park my car."
Rustling around by a pair of fruit trees, was a pair of teenagers allegedly trying to steal Stabb's car.
"He scared [the thieves] off," Stabb said. "They were trying to get into my car ... And he chased after them."
About 150 metres down the road, the pair turned around and began beating him, Stabb said.
"Then they drove over him, twice."
Stabb - who had slept through the drama - woke up to his friend gone and a knock on the door.
"It was my neighbour in her dressing gown. She said come quick, there's been an accident."
The ex-security guard who came across the thieves allegedly about to run over the man a third time, is a "bloody hero", Stabb said.
"I reckon he saved [his] life."
He yelled at the thieves, scaring them off, before calling police who were at the scene in three minutes.
Stabb's friend remains in ICU, bruised, battered and experiencing pain that is "beyond belief".
He's sustained a cracked rib cage, punctured lung, facial lacerations and a broken ankle.
It was a "traumatising" ordeal, Stabb said.
But crime on the Hamilton East street isn't uncommon these days, he said.
He's come home to a ransacked house on Christmas Day, woken to people sleeping on his lawn and managed to stop a thief at his neighbour's house.
This time, Stabb wishes the thieves had simply stolen the car and left his "dear friend" alone.
"It's ironic that he came down here to help me."