Hamilton authorities are on the hunt for an armed fugitive on the run with his toddler in tow.

Police are searching for Nykell Hegotule and have issued a warrant for his arrest for breaching release conditions.

The 28-year-old was last seen in Hamilton on Monday and he's believed to be armed and have his 3-year-old son with him.

Hegotule has links to Waikato, Northland and Auckland and police warn he should not be approached.


In 2010, Hegotule - then 22 - was wanted by Kaitaia Police on charges of aggravated robbery, theft, taking a motor vehicle and taking/obtaining/using a document for a pecuniary advantage.

He was described as having Black Power connections.

He has a two-centimetre scar in the middle of his forehead and several tattoos, including YOZA across his left knuckles, BP in bold lettering on his right forearm and TEESH in italics/old English on his left forearm.

A police spokeswoman said there were no custody issues in relation to Hegotule having the child and police had been in contact with the child's mother.

Anyone who sees him should call 111 immediately, police say.

Those with information about his whereabouts can call Hamilton police on 07 858 6200 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.