Two French tourists visiting New Zealand were assaulted and robbed in the Totara St car park in Dargaville, Northland.
According to reports, the tourists were asleep in their Toyota Previa van early Sunday morning when the incident happened. Two men armed with a hammer woke them up and demanded money.
One of the tourists was reportedly punched in the face before they were robbed of cash. He suffered moderate injuries.
According to a press release by the New Zealand police, two people–aged 18 and 19–have been arrested, and are set to appear in the have Whangarei District Court on aggravated robbery and cannabis-related charges.
Police said that a police dog tracked them down in a nearby location. The stolen money has been recovered, but the hammer is reportedly still unaccounted for.
“The couple had only been in NZ for a short time but plan to continue their holiday. The men charged are aged 18 and 19 years. They were carrying a backpack between them and were possibly walking in Victoria Street Dargaville between 12.15 and 1:30am on the 24th April,” the report added.
The French tourists said that they will continue with their New Zealand holiday.
Those who have information are urged to contact Detective Sergeant Jonathan Tier at the Dargaville police on (09) 439-3400 or place an anonymous call to Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.