Man remanded in custody over bank standoff

The wheelchair the man used during the siege stands outside the bank moments after he surrendered and was taken away.  Photo / Sarah Ivey
The wheelchair the man used during the siege stands outside the bank moments after he surrendered and was taken away. Photo / Sarah Ivey

A man accused of going into an Auckland bank armed with a gun, prompting a five-hour siege, has been remanded in custody.

The man, who was granted name suppression, made a brief appearance in Auckland District Court this afternoon charged with possession of an air pistol and unlawfully presenting the pistol at a person.

He entered no plea and was remanded to reappear on July 3.

The man allegedly entered a Westpac bank branch on Great South Rd, Penrose, in a wheelchair about 4.30pm yesterday and threatened to harm himself.

Nearby office workers and children at a daycare centre were kept on lockdown while police negotiated with him.

He was arrested without any shots being fired.

- APNZ

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