Stabbing, missing boy sparks manhunt
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.