A notorious fugitive with a penchant for guns remains on the loose in the Hutt Valley, after armed police were unable to track him down when he abandoned a stolen car and fled into the bush.
Police attempted to stop 32-year-old Matthew George Kidman in his stolen car about 8.40am in Wainuiomata yesterday.
After a short pursuit down Coast Rd, Kidman stopped and fled the vehicle into bush, Senior Sergeant Steve Braybrook said.
About half a dozen officers and a police dog scoured bush and a nearby river looking for him, but were unable to find him.
It was not clear whether he had a weapon, Mr Braybrook said, so police took the precaution of arming themselves.
''He is a known violent offender who has access to firearms. And because of that, as a precaution, we ensure we have options available to us, whatever we might face.''
Kidman, described as tall, thin and European, has a history of firearms offences and fleeing from police.
In August last year he smashed his way out of a cellblock area at Hutt Valley District Court and fled in a taxi to a friend's house in Naenae. He was arrested the same night with a pistol, along with his sister Corrinne Antrobus, who was charged with assisting him.
In November 2008, he was captured after a two-day police search, which included fleeing police first in a golf cart from Silverstream Golf Park and later in a car up Whiteman's Valley.
Police urged anyone with information on Kidman to call Hutt Valley police, or the 0800 Crimestoppers line. ''He's a concern to us and we will be taking urgent steps to get him,'' Hutt Valley tactical co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Steve Harwood said.
Any information on Kidman's whereabouts should be provided to Hutt Valley police or anonymously through 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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