Knife threat de­fused

Whanganui Chronicle - - Nation -

Po­lice ne­go­ti­ated with a knife­man who took a woman hostage for 40 min­utes be­fore he let her go. West­field Manukau was evac­u­ated af­ter the man grabbed an un­known woman and held her at knife­point for about 90 min­utes about 8.30am yes­ter­day. Coun­ties Manukau Area Com­man­der In­spec­tor Adam Pyne said the vic­tim was “picked ran­domly”. The scene was evac­u­ated. Po­lice ne­go­ti­ated for about 40 min­utes be­fore the man dropped the knife, which had a five-inch blade. “The vic­tim in this mat­ter is un­der­stand­ably shaken but for­tu­nately was not harmed by the al­leged of­fender,’” Pyne said. The man has been charged with kid­nap­ping.

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