A gunman, who ate raw meth before going on a crime rampage which ended up with him taking hostage of a man at gunpoint and stealing his car, has been charged. The 64-year-old man who was hostage is luckily unharmed.
The 27-year-old gunman has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of failing to stop possession of Methamphetamine, two counts of threatening to kill, using a firearm against law enforcement officer and kidnapping, reported Newstalk ZB.
The accused gunman was involved in a chase with police after they tried to stop him while driving a stolen white ute. A police patrol car tried to catch up with it but it sped up without heeding the authorities.
Inspector Hayden Mander said, “At about 12.35 this morning a Holden ute was seen in the corner of Lake and Esmonde Rd in Takapuna and it was doing burnouts. A police unit signalled for the driver to pull over but the driver failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated.”
The chase came to a brief halt when the fleeing car entered a cul-de-sac where police cornered it. However, when the car stopped the driver rush off and broke into a house. Inspector Hayden Mander said that the couple in the house was asleep when they heard the noises.
Mander further stated, “the [alleged] gunman smashed a ranchslider door and ordered the gentleman in the house to get into his own Ford Falcon with him. The man’s wife was left behind.”
The gunman drove the car but it crashed on the Horotiu Expressway where he was finally arrested, reported nzherald.co.nz. The offender told police that he had swallowed 3mg of raw meth.
Meanwhile, the offender was released from the hospital and would be further interrogated by police. Inspector Mander also said that the incident was linked to Black Power gang and two other people were sought by the police.