Manhunt ends in man’s arrest
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’’.