A 17-year-old teen has been arrested by police for multiple reports of aggravated robberies, and a series of serious assaults that occurred in Epsom, Sandringham and Mt Roskill between June 3 and June 10.
Police has seized the vehicle which is believed to have been used in these incidents.
The first incident occurred shortly after midnight on June 3 when four men approached a man on King George Avenue, Epsom. One of the offenders struck the man with a hockey stick and stole his mobile phone.
The offenders then fled in a silver Subaru Legacy station wagon.
At approximately 1:20 pm, also on June 3, an Indian man reported that a group of men punched him multiple times on Locarno Avenue, Sandringham, and hurled ‘racist slurs‘ before fleeing in a silver vehicle.
Around 6:30 pm on June 10, a man was approached on Keystone Avenue, Mount Roskill, and assaulted. The offender came from a silver Subaru station wagon.
The victim was punched and kicked multiple times by the man, before two other men, who were also in the silver Subaru station wagon, also punched and kicked him. The offenders left with the victim’s backpack, which contained his laptop.
“Police are following strong leads on other offenders involved in the matter,” says Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Franich.
Detective Franich said police were satisfied that race was "not the motivation" behind the attacks after speaking to the victims.
"We believe the victims were targeted at random, due to the fact that they were isolated and on their own," Detective Franich said.
The teen will be appearing in the Auckland Youth Court this week.