A six-year-old girl caught up in a violent robbery at her parents' Auckland electronics shop briefly held onto the legs of one of the alleged bandits, thinking he was her father.
New CCTV footage has emerged of the moment young Sarah Patel became unwittingly involved in the terrifying incident on the North Shore yesterday afternoon.
Sarah was in her parent's store when it was raided by a group who smashed cabinets and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics.
At one point the footage shows the young girl grabbing the leg of an axe-wielding robber, after she confused him for her Dad.
An employee of the shop Jordan Byrt, 19, says he was pinned in the corner and attacked by robbers asking where the safe was.
Young Sarah's mother, Nashrin Patel, has told ONE News her daughter fell on the floor during the ordeal.
"And then when she got up, when she stood up, she held one of the guy's legs because she was thinking it's her Dad. And then he just looked at her and she got scared again because he was hitting that Jordan," Nashrin Patel said.
For her part, little Sarah said: "I thought it was my Dad."
Video shows Sarah run away from the man and then be led out of the shop by another man, reported to be her grandfather.
Five of the teenagers accused of the robbery have been caught and police are still hunting for the sixth.