24 Jan 2013

Public help sought after taxi driver attacked

9:29 pm on 24 January 2013

Tauranga police are appealing for the public's help to identify a man involved in a violent assault on a taxi driver.

The driver picked up four men from the Welcome Bay shops on Wednesday evening and drove to Ohauiti Road where he was put in a headlock by one passenger and attacked by two others.

The 40-year-old driver suffered head injuries and spent the night in hospital.

Police say nearby residents intervened and restrained one of the attackers, who they arrested, before arresting a second man.

Police say they have CCTV footage from the taxi of a third man they want to identify, as well as a fourth man with the group.

An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old man appeared in the Tauranga District Court on Thursday charged with aggravated robbery and were remanded to reappear on 29 January.