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Police investigate violent home invasion

Police launch investigation and seek information after violent home invasion

Manawatu Police have launched an investigation after a violent home invasion at a rural Opiki property early this morning.

At approximately 6:40am two men entered a rural property on Poplar Road. A 45-year-old woman was home at the time and got up to investigate a noise that she thought may have been her partner returning home from milking.

"She was confronted by one of the men who was armed with what we believe to be a knife. He has then made demands and threats and a struggle has then ensued resulting in the woman receiving cuts to her upper body from the offender," says Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson of the Manawatu CIB.

"The other offender has also appeared while this has been going on and entered the struggle. We understand that during this time he has received a wound to the stomach with scissors."

Shortly after this the offenders have left the scene in a vehicle and sped off and the woman has then immediately called Police.

"Police have not yet located the offenders and want to speak to anyone that saw a vehicle speeding and driving dangerously in the Opiki area between 6:50am to 7:15am.

"The victim is incredibly distressed and is being closely supported by her partner. She is currently receiving medical treatment for her minor injuries and we will formally interview her once she is in a position to speak.

"This was a violent and planned home invasion and while we have no further identifying details of the offenders or the vehicle that was used, we believe that others may have known about the offender's plans and we encourage anyone with information to contact Police."

The first offender is described as;

- male Maori

- has a noticeable missing tooth

- wearing dark coloured clothing

and the second as;

- male Caucasian

- with blonde hair

A scene examination is underway at the property and six officers are currently working on the investigation.

If anyone has any information please contact Constable Nick Parlane on (06) 215 4962. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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