The Pink fairy v flee­ing rob­ber

The Dominion Post - - News -

A flee­ing dairy rob­ber has been stopped in his tracks by a man wear­ing a pink crop top, tutu, fish­nets and fairy wings on a Napier street.

Po­lice said the ‘‘pink fairy’’ – Liam Fon­taine – along with an­other mem­ber of the pub­lic, tack­led the of­fender on Ma­rine Pa­rade af­ter he had run from a dairy on Hast­ings St about 2pm yes­ter­day.

Fon­taine had taken part in a breast can­cer aware­ness walk, hence the fairy garb.

‘‘We want to give our pink fairy hero and his ac­quain­tance a big pat on the back for pre­vent­ing this of­fender from get­ting away,’’ Eastern Dis­trict com­mand cen­tre Se­nior Sergeant Kevin Ste­wart said. ‘‘We ac­cept the pink uni­form is rather ef­fec­tive and was pop­u­lar with by­standers, but I think we’ll be stick­ing to the blue.’’

The 42-year-old of­fender en­tered the dairy wear­ing a balaclava and threat­ened a staff mem­ber, who chased the man out of the shop and across the road, po­lice said.

The two men then as­sisted in the chase by tack­ling the man to the ground and hold­ing him down, be­fore call­ing po­lice.

An off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer who was in the area ar­rived shortly af­ter, help­ing to keep the man down un­til po­lice ar­rived.

Ste­wart added: ‘‘While we en­cour­age peo­ple to think about the risks in­volved be­fore step­ping in dur­ing an in­ci­dent such as this, there is no deny­ing that the ef­forts of these two good Sa­mar­i­tans have as­sisted us in pre­vent­ing this per­son caus­ing fur­ther harm in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘I also com­mend the ac­tions of our off-duty of­fi­cer who dropped what she was do­ing to re­spond and as­sist in this sit­u­a­tion.’’

The man has been charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery and is set to ap­pear in Hast­ings Dis­trict Court to­day. He has been treated for mi­nor in­juries.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and are call­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact them.

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