Fears over gunpoint captivity of mum and son

ACCESS TO FIREARMS: Jonathan Joshua Antipas.
ACCESS TO FIREARMS: Jonathan Joshua Antipas.


Police are searching for an Upper Hutt man who may be holding a woman and their five-year-old son captive at gunpoint.

Jonathan Joshua Antipas , 24, is alleged to have unlawfully entered a house in Upper Hutt yesterday afternoon with a firearm trying to find Kyrstin Wichman.

MISSING: Kyrstin Wichman.
MISSING: Kyrstin Wichman.

She was not at the address but has since disappeared. She was last seen in Porirua about 7pm last night.

Detective Constable Kyle Sherson said police feared for her safety because of the firearm Antipas had his hands on, as well as his agitated state. ‘‘It’s possible he’s on drugs.’’

Police were also concerned the couple’s son was with them.

‘‘They’re in a relationship, but I’m not sure how close they are. It’s obviously a bit of a volatile relationship,’’ Sherson said.

Police had spoken with a number of family and friends and searched houses in both Wellington and the Hutt Valley today but did not have any leads on where he may have gone.

Sherson said Antipas should not be approached. He could be driving a silver 1994 Mazda Familia, registration YO8633, despite being forbidden to drive.

‘‘We would encourage him to turn himself in because we won’t be resting until he’s found.’’

Anyone with information can contact the Wellington District Crime Squad on (04) 381 2077 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Dominion Post