An alleged kidnapper who escaped police custody in Auckland
on Wednesday has been arrested.
Brett Makiri, 23, was originally arrested on Wednesday
afternoon after he allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a woman
However, while he was being held in an interview room in the
Auckland Central police station when he escaped about 6pm.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Sutton said Makiri was
arrested just before midnight at an address in Papatoetoe.
Makiri had shaved his head in an attempt to disguise himself,
but following the search of several houses of Makiri's
associates, the arrest was made by Auckland Police's Central
Crime Squad with the assistance of Counties Manukau Police
and Delta Dog Squad.
He will appear in Auckland District Court today charged with
kidnapping, injuring with intent to injure, unlawful taking
of a motor vehicle and escaping police custody.
"We remind members of the public and associates of Mr Makiri
once again that assisting an escaped prisoner is an offence."
The 29-year-old woman involved in the kidnapping on Monday
night was picked up in Auckland and driven to Coromandel.
She was assaulted several times before escaping when the car
she was in ran out of petrol near the Coromandel township.
Makiri was known to the woman and her partner.