Thursday December 6,
A 47-year-old Kaitaia man faces a number
of firearms charges following an armed incident south of
Kaitaia early this morning.
About 6.45am Police were
alerted by members of the public to the incident on State
Highway One near Takahue about 14km south of
Witnesses reported seeing a man in possession of
a rifle assaulting two males and forcing them into a van.
The offender, who was also allegedly armed with a
pistol, then drove the two victims south on State Highway
A short time later the victims were able to escape
when the offender stopped the van, got out and walked
towards a vehicle that had been following them.
were able to identify the offender and a nearby address was
cordoned off and phone contact established with the
offender. The Armed Offenders Squad was called out, but
local officers were able to arrest the offender without
incident prior to their arrival.
Police then located the
victims as they were driving south of Whangärei towards
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