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Arrest over elderly woman's carjacking

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/09/2016

Footage released of elderly woman's carjacking assault © NZ Police Footage released of elderly woman's carjacking assault A teenager has been arrested after an elderly Auckland woman was left with serious facial injuries during a violent carjacking.

The woman in her 60s fell to the ground and was kicked and struck in the head with an object in the Lagoon Stadium car park at Panmure last Wednesday.

Police on Tuesday said they had taken a 17-year-old woman into custody. 

She has been charged with aggravated robbery, theft and two charges of stealing a car, along with unrelated charges of 14 burglaries and unlawfully getting into a motor-vehicle.

The teen will appear in Auckland District Court on Tuesday, while two other teen suspects, under 17, are currently in CYF care and are being spoken to.

Police say no one else is being sought.

The arrest comes after a video of the attack was spread around social media and view thousands of times.

The footage shows a suspected stolen red Honda Fit drive slowly around the Panmure car park where the woman was sitting in the passenger seat of her grey Toyota Corolla.

Two women got out of the red car and walk toward the victim's car, while a third person climbed into the driver's seat of their vehicle.

The victim was pulled from her seat and there is an altercation before she tries to run away and is followed by one of the women, who had something in her hand.

After the assault the two women got into the victim's car, but one got out to shove the victim, who was lying behind the car, out of the way.

The victim got up and ran for help as the two cars sped away.

Police said they had received dozens of calls and Facebook messages that led to the arrest.

It comes after a series of police searches of properties in Otara, Glen Innes, Papatoetoe, Clendon and Point England, that led to a number of other people also being arrested and charged over burglaries in Onehunga, Mangere and Mount Albert.

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