Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Police praise couple who intervened in alleged abduction

Police are praising the efforts of a Papakura couple whose quick thinking prevented a possible abduction last week.

Counties Manukau South Area Investigations Manager, Detective Senior Sergeant Simon Taylor says the couple were travelling in their car along Sheehan Avenue on Thursday afternoon when they saw a man and woman on the footpath.

“It didn’t look right to them, and they stopped their vehicle to offer the woman assistance and, in the process, disturbed the alleged offender’s actions,” said Det Snr Sgt Taylor.

The couple called 111 and officers were deployed to the location.

“The couple were able to provide the location and importantly a registration number of the vehicle, as well as a photo of it,” Det Snr Sgt Taylor said.

“Police were able to make follow up enquiries at the vehicle’s registered address.

“The investigation progressed throughout Easter weekend as we identified the victim and carried out a further search warrant.”

A 29-year-old man charged has since been remanded in custody to reappear in the Manukau District Court, charged with abduction.

“I would like to acknowledge their actions last week; for seeing something and doing something about it,” said Det Snr Sgt Taylor.

“Quick reporting and good information have been invaluable for our investigation staff to the point where we have now put someone before the Court.

“Their actions have prevented any further offending or harm taking place.”

He said Police were ensuring welfare support was made available for the victim in the incident.

“While the victim did not suffer any serious physical injuries, she has been through a harrowing ordeal.”

Police continue to remind the public about the importance of reporting offending or suspicious activity occurring in your communities.

Call 111 if the incident is happening right now or call 105 to report an incident after the fact.

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