Gun held to woman’s head
Thugs held a semi-automatic gun to a woman’s head as they bashed her partner unconscious.
This was one of two home invasions the Waikato couple have endured in the past two weeks.
And police are now appealing to the public to track down the intruders who they believe to be behind both incidents.
At about 12.10pm on October 7 three men arrived at the couple’s home in a rural area of Waihekau Rd, not far from Waitoa, Detective Sergeant Will Loughrin of Matamata Piako CIB said.
One was armed with a semiautomatic firearm.
They forced their way in through the front door where one pulled a gun on the 33-year-old woman, holding it to her head.
Another of the offenders then assaulted her 32-year-old partner in what Loughrin described as a brutal assault.
‘‘He was beaten unconscious on numerous occasions and received a broken jaw.’’
The trio stole items from the couple before fleeing the property.
‘‘The offenders then left in a vehicle described as a blue/purple and silver 4WD, which was last seen travelling on Waihekau Rd towards Seddon Rd.’’
They are described as male Maori, aged between 20 and 30 years old.
The man was taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance and discharged the next day.
But last Friday morning, around 10.30am, two men rolled up to the couple’s property.
Their faces were covered by bandannas as they tried to force their way into the house while the pair were inside, Loughrin said.
Police were called, Loughrin said, but the pair left before officers arrived.
‘‘The victims are understandably very shaken by these incidents, and are currently being provided with victim support.
‘‘We are taking these incidents very seriously, and our staff are working hard to identify and locate those responsible.’’
The pair left in a grey coloured Honda station wagon with the registration number GAM680. Loughrin said police were looking into why these people were targeted.
Information can be reported to Loughrin on 021 190 2963.
People can also give information anonymously on Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or private message Waikato Police via Facebook.
Police are seeking sightings of this vehicle in the Waihekau Rd area, near Waitoa, in Waikato.