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Man arrested for kidnapping after being on the run

Police have arrested a Kopu-Hikuai man wanted for several months for a raft of charges, including kidnapping.

The 24-year-old man is now in custody after a Police investigation led to his arrest on April 16 for 10 active charges, including wounding, kidnapping, and possession for supply of methamphetamine.

Police said the man, who was wanted in relation to a breach of conditions about three months ago, had known gang links and had been actively avoiding Police.

He was arrested by the armed offenders without incident about 6:30am in Kawhia and will appear in court on April 20. 

Eastern Waikato Area Commander Acting Inspector Matt Cranshaw said the thorough investigation and subsequent arrest demonstrate Police’s determination to hold offenders to account.

“I would like to commend all those who put in quint-essential work to locate this individual and ensure he is put before the courts,” he said.

“We hope the community is reassured that we are working tirelessly to target those who are causing harm in our society.”