A teenager who has been running from police for more than
three months won't be going far after breaking both ankles
when he jumped from a window trying to evade capture.
Levi Hemana, 19, is in a stable condition in North Shore
Hospital after he jumped from a second-storey window at The
Warehouse in New Lynn on Tuesday.
He had been taken to the office by security staff after he
was allegedly caught shoplifting. Police confirmed that
Hemana attempted to get away by jumping out the window, but
he was seriously injured when he landed on the concrete
Police have made numerous appeals for information about
Hemana since he allegedly cut off his electronic monitoring
bracelet and escaped home detention on December 30.
A police source described Hemana's leap for freedom as
"unfortunate. He won't be able to run from police for a
A week after Hemana absconded from home detention and while
he was actively evading arrest, he and a 17-year-old youth
allegedly used weapons in an unprovoked attack on a
Waitemata police spokeswoman Beth Bates said Hemana was
expected to remain in hospital for several weeks.
"Upon his discharge from hospital, he is expected to face a
number of outstanding charges in court, including assault and
wilful damage," she said. "It is likely he will also be
charged with theft."
- Anna Leask of the New Zealand Herald