Police say charges are unlikely for a man at the centre of
yesterday's mass search for a family feared taken hostage, as
no offences are believed to have taken place.
However, the man has been referred to mental health
professionals for assessment.
Police began searching for a four-wheel-drive being driven by
a man with a female passenger - seen to be in a distressed
state - and two young children about 2.20pm.
The search started in Cambridge before an unconfirmed
sighting of the car in Waihi.
Police from across the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Eastern
District were involved in the search, before the family's
vehicle stopped by police in Napier.
"The man, his wife and their two young children were all
located safe and well in the vehicle about 7pm after members
of the public again raised concerns about a distressed woman
in the vehicle," Eastern Waikato area commander, Inspector
Dana McDonald said.
"As a result officers were able to respond in a timely manner
and the issue was resolved without incident, no charges have
been laid at this stage and it is unlikely that they will.
The man, however, has been referred to mental health
professionals for assessment."
Inspector McDonald commended the public for contacting the
police with concerns about the welfare of the family.
"These two interactions highlight the value of members of the
community, often alerted of issues by the media, taking an
active part in the prevention of crime.
"It is by being aware of your surroundings and realising when
something doesn't appear right, then acting on that
realisation, that enables police to act in a timely manner."
- Herald Online