Posted by Waikato Police on 30/04/2014
Waihi Police who arrested a man following a violent attack on a woman as she closed her store last Tuesday night said the courage of the victim and assistance from the public played major parts in the offender's arrest.
Detective Sergeant Jason Perry of the Waihi CIB said the incident happened about 8.45pm when the victim was closing her hair salon on Rosemont Rd.
"As the victim was locking up the 54-year-old offender has forced his way into the store, assaulted the woman and made off with her handbag.
"The victim's presence of mind in what must have been quite a traumatic situation enabled her to escape her attacker and raise the alarm. Due to assistance received from the public the offender was identified and arrested yesterday."
Mr Perry said the man was subsequently charged with robbery and kidnapping and is appearing in the Hamilton District Court today.
"In such situations Police recommend victims remain calm, conform with demands from the offenders with a view with looking for any means or opportunities to raise the alarm that may arise.
"While situations such as Tuesday's are relatively rare it just goes to show the benefits of living in a small community like here in Waihi where locals were quick to show their disgust with what happened and their willingness to help Police hold the offender to account."