Police appeal for help to find most wanted

By Sam Hurley

A man wanted for allegedly shooting at people on two occasions and another who allegedly attacked a female are headlining Hawke's Bay Police's wanted persons list.

Police claim Warren Jacques Tarawa, aged 33, discharged a firearm on two occasions at people, while Glyn Carl Roy, 26, is still being hunted by Hastings police for allegedly assaulting a woman. It's believed Roy remains at large in the Hawke's Bay area.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave de Lange said the names and faces found on the police wanted list and also those on their official Facebook page are usually wanted for failing to appear in court or breaching bail terms, but often more serious offences are alleged, such as recently arrested 28-year-old Hohepa Maitai Pekepo, who was apprehended for allegedly possessing utensils used for drugs, breach of bail and driving while disqualified.

The online list currently features six wanted people, all males, however police said they have a much wider list of wanted people who do not appear on the website.

Most carry the simple message of warrant to arrest attached, but some have details listing their alleged crimes.

Eastern District communications manager Kris McGehan said the online list and the Facebook page had been a big and ongoing success since being set up last August.

Ms McGehan said police did not necessarily have a "most wanted list" but rather the "wanted persons list" and those named were thought to bring about valuable information from the general public.

She said the national wanted site and Facebook page had made people curious and more willing to help.

"People are interested to see what and who is on there. It creates attention." Mr de Lange said police were eager to hear from anyone who knew the whereabouts of the people.

"They can let us know where they are, what they are doing and also who they are with," he said.

A notice on the website warns the public of those listed by the police and says: "For your own safety, police recommend you do not approach or confront any of these people at any time."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of those in the line-up are asked to contact Intel at Hawke's Bay Police on 06 8310700 or Crimestoppers .

- Hawkes Bay Today

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