Vaimoana Tapaleao is the New Zealand Herald's Pacific Affairs and People reporter.

Police manhunt after motorist attacked with hammer

The female motorist was attacked after she pulled to the side of the road to adjust her stereo. Photo / File
The female motorist was attacked after she pulled to the side of the road to adjust her stereo. Photo / File

A man brandishing a metal hammer attacked a woman inside her car after she stopped on the side of the road to adjust her radio, police say.

Hamilton Police have launched a manhunt for the offender, described as being Maori and in his early 20s.

The attack happened at about 12.30pm yesterday on Tramway Road in Enderley, police said.

The 27-year-old woman had been driving along the road before pulling over to adjust her stereo.

She was approached by an unknown man brandishing a large metal hammer, police said.

"The man assaulted the woman with the hammer before she exited the vehicle and ran towards the intersection of Tramway Road and Powells Road."

A member of the public came to the woman's aid at that point and the offender ran down a nearby alleyway.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the attack.

The offender was wearing a hooded camouflage-styled sweatshirt and black skinny jeans.

Can you help? Anyone with information is urged to call Hamilton Police on: (07) 858 6200 or CrimeStoppers anonymous on: 0800 555 111.

- NZ Herald

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