Armed youths arrested
Far North dairy owners have fought off teenagers armed with a machete, sword, and a hammer, in a violent incident in Kaikohe.
Rajesh Patel, was sitting behind the counter of the Tui Superette, on the main street of Kaikohe, when four male teenagers entered the store, around 8.40pm on September 4.
A total of five offenders, aged 15 to 17, have been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and have appeared before the Kaikohe Youth Court, acting sergeant Mark Roberts says.
The group are shown on CCTV - two appear to be acting as lookouts, while three approached the counter, with a machete, sword and a hammer.
Co-owner of the store, and Rajesh’s brother Hemant, says he saw the youth enter the store on the cameras and went out the front to help his brother.
The siblings threw lollies, and anything they could get their hands on at the offenders, before chasing them out of the store with brooms.
Hemant says the incident which lasted around 30 seconds was scary.
‘‘They tried to hit me and my brother - we had no choice but to fight back.
‘‘We threw things at them and screamed loudly. They didn’t ask for anything, they just attacked.’’
The group fled with only a bottle of water.
‘‘They didn't ask for anything, they just attacked.’’
CCTV footage shows the youth entering the Kaikohe store.