A man was slashed with a machete during a random aggravated robbery in Wellington, by a group believed to be associated with the NZ Nomads.
Detective Sergeant Steve Wescott saidthe incident was the 12th ‘’standover’’ type robbery believed to be linked to the same wider group, the Nomads Bad Company chapter, since March last year.
The man and a woman were sitting in a vehicle at Stellin Memorial Park in the Wellington suburb of Northland on Saturday, about 6pm, when they were approached.
Two carloads of people surrounded the vehicle and allegedly punched the man, threatened him with a knife and stole his backpack.
When he attempted to retrieve his backpack, he was slashed in the leg with a machete, causing a large cut, police said.
A Nomads-linked property on Dorset Way in Wilton was later raided by police, with a vehicle, a backpack and a machete seized.
A 20-year-old male was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. He remains in custody and is expected to reappear in Wellington District Court on January 28.
Wescott said more arrests were likely.
Police are seeking information from those who saw a white BMW and a silver Nissan sedan in the area at the time of the incident.
The injured man was treated at Wellington Hospital and was in a stable condition, a Capital and Coast District Health Board spokeswoman said.