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23 Nov 2019 4:42
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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    The public's being warned not to approach the man wanted over the armed hijacking of a police car

    The public's being warned not to approach the man wanted over the armed hijacking of a police car


    It's believed 33-year-old Tama Rawhiti is responsible for the late night incident in the central North Island skiing town of Ohakune.

    He and a female accomplice allegedly stole the car at gunpoint, after officers stopped the vehicle they were travelling in to breath test the driver.

    The police vehicle crashed into a gatepost shortly after and the occupants fled on foot.

    Police spent all night trying to find Rawhiti - who has a parole recall warrant out on him.

    It's understood he's been travelling extensively around the North Island - including in the Whanganui, Hawera and Marton areas.

    It's at least the second time Rawhiti has sparked a manhunt.

    In 2012 the gang member was wanted again on a parole recall warrant - after a search of his home recovered guns and drugs.

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