Armed police lock down an area of Takanini yesterday after
the carjacking at gunpoint.
A terrified young man was forced to drive for more than
1km at gunpoint when a man fleeing police hijacked his car at
The 23-year-old man was last night being counselled by police
and victim support workers after being left "traumatised" by
his ordeal, which began with a high-speed pursuit down the
It ended several hours later in Takanini, where the gunman
barricaded himself in a home with nine others - including two
Terrified neighbours took cover with frightened children in
nearby homes as armed police descended on the neighbourhood.
Roads were cordoned off, shops put on lockdown and trains
stopped during the hours-long incident that began when the
offender refused to stop for police.
He was travelling north on State Highway 1 when police tried
to pull him over near Papakura, a police spokeswoman said.
A brief pursuit was called off at 12.39pm when the man's
speeds exceeded 170km/h.
"Police were able to keep him in sight because traffic was
quite heavy," she said. "As he's come off the
Takanini/Manurewa off-ramp he had to stop in the traffic.
"He got out of the car, pointed his gun at a police car
approaching behind him and walked a few metres to the top of
the row of traffic."
The spokeswoman said he entered the first car, forcing the
young driver at gunpoint to travel more than 1km down Great
South Rd and on to Manuroa Rd.
He got out of the car and ran into a family member's house
that was occupied at the time by nine people.
The victim drove to a row of shops about 100m away and called
Incident controller Senior Sergeant Kai Shao of Counties
Manukau police said the victim was "quite traumatised by the
Neighbours described how more than 30 patrol cars arrived at
the scene while armed police surrounded the house and
communicated with its occupants by loudspeaker.
One family with four young children live directly in front of
the house and said they were crouching in their kitchen as
armed offenders squad members patrolled their property.
"It was pretty scary, one of our girls was crying," said the
neighbour, who was too frightened to be named. "It left us on
edge when we saw the armed offenders [squad] and police
walking around our garden.
"There were about 15 all up, including snipers over the
Another neighbour, Graeme Smith, said he could hear the
police communicating with the man on a loudspeaker.
"They were saying, 'The people living at [address] come out
to your front door and you will not be harmed.'
"They tried that about 10 times before the people came out,
including two babies."
The wanted man tried to flee the scene, but was caught by
police on nearby Maru Rd in Conifer Grove.
A gun and a "large amount of ammunition" were found on train
tracks between the house and where the man was arrested.
A man faces firearm, driving and kidnapping charges. He was
due to appear in court today.
- Morgan Tait of New Zealand Herald