Stab­bing, miss­ing boy sparks man­hunt

Weekend Herald - - NEWS - Cherie Howie

Po­lice would like to thank the mem­bers of the pub­lic who pro­vided in­for­ma­tion which helped us to lo­cate this man. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Gra­ham Pitketh­ley

A vi­o­lent in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the stab­bing of a woman and the dis­ap­pear­ance of a lit­tle boy sparked a po­lice man­hunt in Thames last night, which ended suc­cess­fully in Auck­land.

Po­lice were alerted to the emer­gency at a house on Ngati Maru High­way about 4pm and ar­rived to find a woman had been stabbed and a 2- year- old boy was miss­ing.

Po­lice then i ssued an alert for Arana Bar­low, 36, and urged him to hand him­self in, spark­ing a five- hour man­hunt.

About 9.15pm Bar­low and the tod­dler were found in Kelston — roughly 120km from the ru­ral Coro­man­del Penin­sula town — thanks to a tip- off from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Gra­ham Pitketh­ley said Bar­low, who was re­lated to the tod­dler, was as­sist­ing po­lice with in­quiries.

“Po­lice would like to thank the mem­bers of the pub­lic who pro­vided in­for­ma­tion which helped us to lo­cate this man,” he said.

The woman was ini­tially re­ported by po­lice as be­ing crit­i­cally in­jured and was flown to Waikato Hospi­tal with stab wounds. Her con­di­tion later im­proved and she was last night in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

Be­fore the pair was found Pitketh­ley said po­lice were very con­cerned for the tod­dler's safety.

Bar­low was seen leav­ing the Ngati Maru High­way ad­dress in a 2001 white Toy­ota Corolla yes­ter­day.

Po­lice of­fi­cers were last night work­ing at the prop­erty to es­tab­lish ex­actly what had hap­pened.

The house in­volved is un­der­stood to be near the old abat­toir, on the south­ern en­trance to the town.

Neigh­bours re­ported see­ing emer­gency ser­vices at the scene, but knew lit­tle more.

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