Sightings of a car involved in an aggravated burglary and
kidnap are being sought by police.
The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning in
the Maungatapu area of Tauranga during a domestic dispute.
A man is alleged to have forced a woman to leave a house and
tried to force her into his car around 3am, police said.
A member of the public heard the commotion and shouted that
he was phoning police. It created a distraction in which the
woman managed to break free. The man then left the area in a
A 38-year-old Tokoroa man was arrested a short time later in
He has been charged with kidnap, aggravated burglary, assault
with intent to injure, breach of a protection order, wilful
damage and driving while disqualified. He is now in custody
and will appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow.
The victim, who is aged in her 30s, suffered minor injuries
and did not require hospital treatment.
Anyone who saw a grey Honda Odyssey in the Maungatapu area,
particularly around Maungatapu Road, any time yesterday or in
the early hours of this morning is asked to contact police.