Teen alleged to have presented firearm

By Patrick O'Sullivan

A 16-year-old fugitive who allegedly threatened to kill a relative on Tuesday was apprehended by police in Takapau on Friday night after an extensive manhunt.

Police were called to an address in Takapau at 7.20pm on Tuesday after a report of a firearm being presented.

A man reported that a relative had pointed a firearm at him in a house on Charles St. No shots were fired and the teen fled on foot. The Armed Offenders Squad searched three houses in the Central Hawke's Bay town looking for him.

"Police had been searching Napier and Hastings addresses during the week and we got a tip off he was back in Takapau on Friday," Sergeant Neil Baker of Waipukurau police said.

The Hawke's Bay Armed offenders Squad, backed up by Central Hawke's Bay police surrounded a residential address in Takapau at about 8.30pm on Friday when the teen was arrested. About 12 police officers were involved in the operation.

On Saturday, he appeared at the Youth Court at Hastings where he was charged with presenting a firearm, threatening to kill and burglary.

He was remanded in custody.

"The community can rest a bit easier now," Sergeant Baker said.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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