The fifth person wanted in connection with the bashing death
of a Wairarapa man gave himself up to police today after
being on the run for four days.
Police say Hayden Ranson, 27, handed himself in at the Upper
Hutt Police Station just before 11am.
Police had been searching for Mr Ranson since supermarket
worker Glen Jones died early on Saturday hours after a
violent attack in his Featherston home.
He will appear in the Lower Hutt District Court tomorrow
morning facing a charge of aggravated burglary.
Detective Inspector Sean Hansen said Mr Jones' family had
been eagerly anticipating a resolution and would be relieved.
"This result will also bring some comfort to the Featherston
and greater Wairarapa communities," he said.
Three others - a man aged 28 and two women aged 32 and 22 -
have already appeared in court and have interim name
The fourth, Kristofer Jones, 23, who also fled but was found
and arrested in Hunterville at 2am yesterday, appeared in
Palmerston North District Court yesterday.
Like the others he was charged with aggravated burglary. He
will appear alongside his co-accused in Masterton District
Court on Friday.
Glen Jones' family issued a statement yesterday telling of
They said he was loved by them and his friends and would be
especially missed by his nieces and nephews.
"He was part of the fabric of the Featherston community and
lots of people looked out for him.
"We know many people around town had a soft spot for Jonesy
and will sympathise with our grief."
Mr Jones' funeral will be held on Friday.
Police were still making enquiries into Mr Jones' death and
were appealing for anyone with information to contact them.