NZ police pursue cuffed and naked fugitive
'Very evasive' perp leads cops a 40km merry dance
New Zealand police were last Friday led a merry dance by a prisoner who gave them the slip while en route to court in Whakatane, on the country's north island.
According to the New Zealand Herald, cops twice cornered 34-year-old Werimu Rangi Hauraki following his escape, but on both occasions the dreadlocked, six-foot fugitive managed to break free.
Inspector Tony Jeurissen explained on Friday: "At one stage he was apprehended and handcuffed by police, and whilst being escorted he managed to dive from a balcony over a steep cliff head first.
"He is currently naked, except for some weed matting he is wearing and handcuffed. Unfortunately he is being very evasive in very difficult terrain. This man is determined and does not want to be apprehended."
A major dragnet involving choppers and dogs eventually cornered the perp on Saturday morning. He was found "in a river near Opotiki", having fled "more than 40km on foot while handcuffed".
Hauraki is reportedly unhurt and will today finally appear in Whakatane District Court on charges of aggravated burglary and burglary. "Further charges are likely," the NZ Herald notes. ®
Aggravated burglary, that's what the article says - committing burglary (basically entering a building as a trespasser to steal or inflict grievous bodily harm or rape). taking with him a weapon of offence, imitation firearm, firearm or explosive. In other words, whatever his colour (many maoris are white skinned by the way) or state of dress, it's a pretty nasty offence excused by no amount of political correctness.
Subdueing a naked, violent man is not as easy as some inexperienced nitwit may imagine, added to which this chap was, it would seem, large, strong, fit and rather keen to get away. Lucky not to be in USA or he would have been controlled rather differently, probably for good.
NZ - land of the free-range orc
Nasty hobbitses chaasing Gollum!
So he's large, strong, naked and can dive over cliffs without harm
Is anyone else hearing the words "I need your cloze, bootz, unt motorzykle"?