Woman 'bravely' fights off robbers


Police are hunting three Maori men who attempted to rob a woman in Napier.

The 26-year-old victim was walking her dog near the intersection of Raffles St and Wellesley Rd about 7pm on Sunday when she was set upon.

She had been approached by three men as she walked east along the footpath on Wellesley Rd heading toward Latham St.

A struggle ensued when one of the offenders tried to snatch a bag she was carrying before another then grabbed her clothing.

Police said she then screamed for help and continued to "bravely fight back".

She later managed to break free and ran to a local address to contact her family.

CIB Detective Sergeant Emmet Lynch said the woman was "extremely shaken".

"Police are currently interviewing the complainant to gain a full understanding of this incident," Mr Lynch said.

"We are also piecing together the complainant's movements and assessing evidence from the scene and other witnesses."

The three offenders were described as Maori males aged about 18 to 20.

One was average height and solid build, wearing a tight fitting black hoodie jacket with a zip up front and a red and white bandana hanging from a pocket on the front of his jeans. He also wore a pair of dirty dog sunglasses.

Another was average height and medium build, wearing a red hoodie jacket with white writing across the front and red draw strings. He also wore black baggy jeans.

The last was about 1.5m tall and of medium build.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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