Pizza worker suffers serious head injuries over $20 and a pizza
A pizza worker has been left with serious head injuries after being assaulted and robbed of a pizza and $20.
The 47-year old was taking a pizza out of his silver Subaru Impreza on Kelman Rd in Kelston in West Auckland around 6.30pm on Sunday 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 or offenders took off with $20 and the pizza.
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.”
The injured man is in Auckland City Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Farrant said police did not know how many people were involved in the incident.
Members of the public are being encouraged to call Detective John Schieb at Henderson Police Station on 09 839 0600 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via a private message on Facebook.
Farrant said Police wanted to hear about anything related to the attack even if it was "something minor".
"We want to hold whoever is responsible for this crime to account and place them before the courts."
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.