Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings

Back to Ten 7

Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings

enlarge
  • Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings
  • Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings
  • Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings
  • Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings
  • Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings
  • Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings
  • Case 3: Crime of the Week - Northland Kidnapping and Shootings

Ten 7, Episode

36
26th November 2020

Police in Kerikeri are investigating kidnapping and firearms incidents in Northland on the evening on the 26th October leading into the early morning on October 27th.

At around 11pm on Monday 26th October, the victim parked his 2010 Nissan Skyline in a layby off State Highway 10, Waipapa, when he noticed another vehicle pull up beside him. Two of the four occupants of the vehicle came out carrying firearms. The armed men took the victim and his vehicle to ATMs in Kerikeri and emptied his bank account.

The alleged suspects went back to the layby with the victim where he was bound and blindfolded and thrown into the boot of his Skyline. The victim believes he then travelled to a residential address as he could hear people talking and dogs barking.

The alleged kidnappers drove the victim’s vehicle to a quarry on Matauri Bay Road where the victim overheard that the vehicle may be set alight. He broke free of his bindings, popped the boot, and despite being chased and shot at, managed to escape and seek help at daybreak.

Police believe the same men from the kidnapping where involved in a firearms incident nearby a few hours later.
  
At approximately 4:10 am a female police officer was confronted by two men with firearms on Puketona Road. As one of the men reached for the door, the officer reversed the vehicle from the scene. A shot was fired, damaging the windscreen. Thankfully the officer was not harmed.
  
Given the geography, time and the weapons used, police believe both these firearm incidents are related.

The victim’s Skyline was discovered burnt out later that morning on Puketotara Road along with another vehicle, a stolen 2018 white Toyota Corolla with a space saver wheel on the left rear which police believe has been in circulation throughout the far North.

These are two extreme acts of violence that police believe are linked. They are appealing to the public for any information or sightings of the victim’s 2010 Nissan GT 250 Skyline over the late evening on the Monday 26th October to the early morning on Tuesday 27th October around Kerikeri and Northland. Police have also obtained CCTV footage of one of the alleged suspects. Though he’s covered up, if his clothing looks familiar, please get in touch.

It’s only by pure chance that no one was injured or killed, so if you have any information regarding these incidents please contact Kerikeri Police.