Man­hunt ends in man’s ar­rest

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A man ar­rested af­ter a mas­sive po­lice man­hunt that shut down a South Waikato town has ap­peared in court.

Te Morehu Enoka, 27, dressed in a blue po­lice boil­er­suit, ap­peared at Ro­torua Dis­trict Court via Au­dio Visual Link on Thurs­day af­ter he was ap­pre­hended at a Ro­torua house at ap­prox­i­mately 11pm on Wed­nes­day night.

He faced 23 charges in­clud­ing the ag­gra­vated rob­bery of the Paen­garoa Liquor Store in Western Bay of Plenty on May 14, us­ing a firearm against a po­lice of­fi­cer, bur­glary, theft and driv­ing charges.

Po­lice are yet to iden­tify three oth­ers in­volved in the liquor store rob­bery.

His ar­rest came af­ter the Te Puke man al­legedly drove off from a Toko­roa petrol sta­tion with­out pay­ing on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Po­lice pur­sued Enoka south down State High­way One and onto forestry roads.

He al­legedly aban­doned the ve­hi­cle and ran into the bush near Whaka­maru, spark­ing a mas­sive man­hunt sur­round­ing the South Waikato town.

Nearby Man­gakino was in lock­down overnight Wed­nes­day as po­lice, armed of­fend­ers squad, and dogs at­tempted to hunt down the man.

De­fence lawyer Tim Braith­waite ac­knowl­edged Enoka faced ‘‘a sig­nif­i­cant amount of charges, not all of them filed’’.

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