TWO MEN were injured by teenagers wielding skateboards in what police call a vile and cowardly attack.
The victims, aged 75 and 57, were attacked while waiting to catch a bus at the Onehunga transport centre on August 1 at 11.40pm.
A 20-year-old Mt Welling- ton man has been arrested in relation to the attack.
The three skateboarders got off an arriving bus, says senior sergeant Hirone Waretini.
The older man says he was getting on board when he turned around and saw his friend being confronted by two of the boys, while the third skated down the road.
He got off the bus to come to his friend’s aid, while the third teen returned.
Police believe the two youths hit the 57-year-old with their skateboards, while he held up his hands to fend them off.
As the victims tried to board the bus to escape, the 75-year-old was struck on the left side of his head with a skateboard. The two men managed to escape on the bus.
The 75-year-old man was treated for severe bruising to his eye and head, while his friend had cuts and bruises to his arms and hands.
Mr Waretini says the injuries could have been much worse. “The principal thug can consider himself lucky that the blow he inflicted on the victim’s head did not lead to much more serious and tragic results.”
The 20-year-old is due to appear in the Auckland District Court today charged with two counts of assault with a weapon.
Anyone with information should call the Onehunga police on 634-1064.