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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police are investigating after a 69 year old woman was violently assaulted at the LynnMall shopping Centre yesterday morning (23 June 2021) in New Lynn.

At around 10:30am, the victim was parking her vehicle in the ground level car park when an unknown male has assaulted her, taken her cell phone and attempted to steal her vehicle. The victim has fought back causing the offender to exit the vehicle and attack her a second time.

A member of the public has pulled up to see what is happening which has disturbed the offender who has quickly fled the scene on foot with the victim’s cell phone.

The victim required medical treatment for her injuries.

Detective Senior Segreant Mike Frost says Police are releasing images of a male who Police want to speak with in relation to this incident:

“The victim in this matter is naturally very shaken by what has happened to her, and we want to identify the person responsible as soon as possible so we can ensure they do not attack anyone else.”

“It’s unacceptable that a member of our community, who was simply going about her daily business, should have been attacked like this and it is a priority for Police to find the offender and hold them accountable for their actions,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Frost.

“We urge anyone who knows who the man pictured is, to contact your local Police station or call 105 quoting file number: 210623/9194.”

Alternatively, you can send us a message on Facebook or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are ensuring the victim and her family are being supported.

Shelley Nahr/NZ Police