A swastika-tattooed Mongrel Mob associate on the run from
police triggered an armed police raid in Hastings yesterday,
which shut down several streets.
Inspector Hirone Waretini said police were searching for
29-year-old Miharo Jason Papa, who is wanted for breaching
prison release conditions and failing to appear in the
Tauranga District Court on January 9.
Police also wish to speak to Papa in relation to a family
violence incident in Hastings on January 3.
Mr Waretini said police received information that Papa, who
was known to have links in the Hastings area, was in a
Princes St home and might have access to a firearm.
He said as a result of yesterday's tip the Armed Offenders
Squad, Police Negotiation Team and police dog teams were
called before cordoning off the residential area covering six
blocks near Queens Square.
When police entered the home, Papa, who police say has a tear
shaped tattoo below his left eye, numerous neck tattoos and a
newly tattooed swastika on his left cheek, was nowhere to be
Papa has been in and out of prison following a variety of
offences and in 2011 was denied bail to be with his dying
mother because he jeopardised "public protection". He was
also hunted by police in 2010 for violence-related charges.
Mr Waretini said Papa was recently released from jail for
unlawful possession of a firearm, being unlawfully in an
enclosed yard, and receiving stolen property.
Residents in the area told Hawke's Bay Today police
instructed them stay inside.
Rosa Nobel was hiding in a nearby house with a friend and
four young children after about 10 Armed Offenders Squad
members walked past in "full armour".
"We heard them warning a guy, yelling at him to come out.
"After they warned whoever was in the house to come out
several times we heard windows smashing and bashing on doors
and police saying 'get on the ground'."
She said among the shattering glass and police orders, she
heard a woman scream.
Mr Waretini said no other individuals were located when
police searched the address.
Ms Nobel said the block of flats had been the scene of
previous police activity and she had seen officers at the
home the night before.
Police continued to search for Papa, described as Maori,
188cm tall and of solid build. When Hawke's Bay Today went to
print last night his whereabouts remained unknown. Police say
Papa should not be approached. Anyone who sees him should
dial 111 or if they have knowledge of his whereabouts can
give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555
- Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today