Ar­rests over car kid­naps


Two young men have been ar­rested in Porirua, af­ter two sus­pected cases of kid­nap­ping peo­ple in their cars.

A 26-year-old from Wai­tan­girua and a 22-year-old from Can­nons Creek will ap­pear in Porirua Dis­trict Court in Oc­to­ber, fac­ing var­i­ous charges in­clud­ing un­law­fully de­tain­ing some­one with the in­tent of keep­ing them con­fined.

The 26-year-old has also been charged with us­ing a knife to rob a man, and the 22-year-old with rob­bing one of the vic­tims of a cell­phone and bankcard.

The charges re­late to two al­leged kid­nap­pings in the Porirua area on Septem­ber 14, one of which in­volved a taxi driver.

De­tec­tive Sergeant David Jones, of Porirua, said there seemed to have been an ‘‘es­ca­la­tion’’ in­volv­ing peo­ple tar­get­ing cars.

‘‘The first guy was picked up in Can­nons Creek [on Septem­ber 14] and driven to Tawa.

‘‘You’ve got a per­son parked on the side of the road. The [of­fend­ers] hop in and gen­er­ally one’s got a knife.

‘‘You can imag­ine how trau­matic it is be­ing told to drive, not know­ing what’s go­ing to hap­pen.’’

The vic­tim was not phys­i­cally hurt, and the taxi driver in the other in­ci­dent fled his car to safety.

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