An investigation will be conducted into how a
''dangerous'' criminal fled police custody in central Dunedin
yesterday afternoon, sparking a five-hour manhunt.
Tolu Maanaiama (27) who escaped from the Dunedin Central
Police Station about 3.30pm, was located at an associate's
home in the city about 8.30pm, police said.
He was arrested and charged with escaping police custody, and
was to be kept in custody overnight to appear in the Dunedin
District Court today.
Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken said as soon as Maanaiama was
found and apprehended, police turned their attention to how
''Our first priority was to locate him and get him back into
custody. The circumstances surrounding how he escaped will
certainly be looked at,'' he said.
A ''number'' of police staff were involved in the search for
Maanaiama, who was arrested ''without incident'', Snr Sgt
Inspector Greg Sparrow, of Dunedin, had earlier said
Maanaiama was believed to be dangerous and should not be
approached by members of the public.
Police declined to provide details of his active charges but
in 2005 Maanaiama was sentenced to four years' jail after the
robbery of a Christchurch dairy with a machete and an
Police would not be further drawn on how he escaped.