Simon Plumb is a journalist for the Herald on Sunday

Woman who taunted police on social media arrested

In a photo posted yesterday Paparoa had considerably shorter hair than a previous police mugshot and police said she was also using the name Samuel Paruru. Photos / Supplied
In a photo posted yesterday Paparoa had considerably shorter hair than a previous police mugshot and police said she was also using the name Samuel Paruru. Photos / Supplied

Counties Manukau police have captured a 19-year-old woman who was on the run after cutting off her ankle bracelet - and had started taunting police on social media.

A police spokeswoman confirmed to the Herald this morning Dayna Paparoa has been arrested and will face a raft of charges, including going back before the courts to face two charges of breaching home detention, a charge of burglary and possibly more to come pending further interviews and investigation.

"She now faces an additional charge of burglary and further charges are likely. She's just being processed and that's all we can say at the moment," a police spokeswoman told the Herald.

In a photo posted by Counties Manukau police yesterday Paparoa had considerably shorter hair than a previous police mugshot and police said she was also using the name Samuel Paruru to avoid detection.

On March 10, Police wrote on Facebook that they were looking for Paparoa. But it was unlikely they expected what happened next - a comment from Paparoa, stating: 'You not doing your jobs properly my bros hahahah'.

Police replied, writing: 'Hi Dayna Paparoa, if you want to make it easier for us, why don't you pop into a Police Station and we can sort out your breach. Thanks'.

But the wanted woman had other ideas, writing a post that implied she was going to smoke cannabis first.

Hundred of comments were left on the post, many of which Paparoa replied to.

She also posted a photo of herself on social media, with her face covered, posing on the hood of a police car with the caption "js a lazy lil selfie".

The teenager said she had been buying a drink in the area and "just thort I'd take a pic".

A few friends commented telling Paparoa to "stay safe", with one calling her a "naughty bish" for taking the photo.

The incident was not the first time a person wanted by police has taunted them on social media.

In 2014, Samuel Evan Lake responded to a similar police post and photograph of himself, writing: "I need to get a new mugshot."

Police wrote back: "Come see us and will arrange at no cost."

Lake was later arrested and eventually sentenced to six months in jail.

- NZ Herald

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