Man referred to mental health after police search


The man at the centre of yesterday's large scale police search has been referred for a mental health assessment and is unlikely to face charges.

Armed police were yesterday hunting for the man who was feared to have taken his wife and two children hostage.

Members of the public raised concerns about the car in Cambridge about 2.20pm yesterday.

Eastern Waikato Area Commander, Inspector Dana McDonald, said a Toyota Surf vehicle belonging to the 26-year-old man was stopped by Police in Napier after assistance from the public.

"The man, his wife and their two young children were all located safe and well in the vehicle about 7pm after members of the public again raised concerns about a distressed woman in the vehicle."

As a result officers were able to respond in a timely manner and the issue was resolved without incident, no charges have been laid at this stage and it is unlikely that they will. The man however, has been referred to mental health professionals for assessment."

Mr McDonald said the report from the public in Napier mirrored a similar report in Cambridge and he commended the people involved in each contact with Police as playing a pivotal part in the successful conclusion of yesterday's incident.

"These two interactions highlight the value of members of the community, often alerted of issues by the media, taking an active part in the prevention of crime.

"It is by being aware of your surroundings and realising when something doesn't appear right, then acting on that realisation, that enables Police to act in a timely manner."

 

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