At­tack at home leaves woman bashed, bruised

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the at­tack on a woman as­saulted dur­ing an at­tempted home rob­bery last week.

The at­tack, which left 41-year-old Toko­roa mother Max­ine Lozell with bruises on her face and torso, oc­curred last Tues­day evening when she con­fronted a man rum­mag­ing through her garage.

‘‘ My hus­band and son had gone to mow lawns, then I heard the gate open, I heard it scrape on the ground and I thought it was them,’’ Mrs Lozell said.

‘‘Then I saw some­one in the shed go­ing through all our stuff. So I went out there and asked if I could help him, then he came at me.’’

The male who, Mrs Lozell de­scribes as be­ing Maori or Poly­ne­sian in his 20s, of solid build and about 5ft 8in (173cm) tall, ran to­wards her and punched her in her right eye and the back of the head which forced her to the ground.

He then kicked her on the right side of her torso caus­ing ex­ten­sive bruis­ing be­fore run­ning away.

Mrs Lozell be­lieves the man es­caped us­ing the al­ley that runs on to Kaka Cres.

Toko­roa Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill de­scribed the at­tack as ‘‘cow­ardly’’.

‘‘Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing this mat­ter and hope the pub­lic will come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.’’

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about this case please con­tact the Toko­roa po­lice on 885 0100.

BAT­TERED: Toko­roa mother Max­ine Lozell sus­tained fa­cial and torso in­juries af­ter be­ing at­tacked dur­ing an at­tempted home rob­bery last week.

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