92-year-old attacked in ’cowardly’ home invasion

Police in the Mid-North are seeking two offenders following a cowardly home invasion incident, where an elderly widow who lived alone was assaulted on her rural property in Kawakawa overnight.

Two female offenders have approached the front door of the address asking for fuel before the 92-year-old victim was attacked in her home, with the offenders then searching the address and taking property.

The offenders then left the scene in a vehicle.

Police are seeking any information from the local community on any suspicious vehicles in the vicinity of Whangae Road in Kawakawa between 6pm and 7.30pm last night.

The vehicle has been described as possibly fawn/tan in colour and an older hatchback/liftback-style with damage to the front guards.

The female offenders are described as Maori, aged in their early to mid-twenties and of medium build.

Detective Sergeant Greg Johnson says the elderly victim is recovering in hospital from her injuries and is understandably extremely shaken.

“This is an absolutely appalling incident and we know the local community in Kawakawa will be shocked and angered at how a vulnerable member of the community has been targeted.

“Police are determined to finding those responsible for this shocking event and we are appealing for any information from the public that may help our investigation,” says Detective Sergeant Johnson.

Anyone who has information about this incident or has seen any suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Greg Johnson on 021 191 6007.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.