Upper Hutt mother and son found

Last updated 10:33 29/07/2014

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An Upper Hutt mother and her five-year-old son have been found amid fears they had been kidnapped at gunpoint by a recently-released prisoner.

Police continue their search today for 24-year-old Jonathan Joshua Antipas, who is believed to remain armed and is the boy's father.

They initially suspected Antipas had kidnapped the pair after allegedly entering an Upper Hutt house with a firearm on Sunday afternoon, trying to find Kyrstin Wichman. She was not at the address but later disappeared.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton said family members were caring for the five-year-old boy. "We want to thank the public and the media for their assistance in locating them and are pleased to report they are both are safe and well."
He said they had also located the vehicle that police believed Antipas had been driving overnight.

Police confirmed he had been released recently from jail on standard release conditions but declined to give further details.

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