AOS cordons off Hastings area
A heavily-tattooed Mongrel Mob associate on the run from police and thought to be armed sparked an Armed Offenders Squad callout in Hastings this afternoon.
Police communications manager Inspector Hirone Waretini said Miharo Jason Papa, 29, was wanted by police for breaching jail release conditions in Tauranga and for a family violence incident in Hastings.
Police today got a tip he was at an house in Hastings and may have a gun.
Police, the Armed Offenders Squad, and negotiators blocked off a large area of Hastings but when they entered the house, Papa was not inside.
Papa was recently released from jail for unlawful possession of a firearm, being unlawfully in an enclosed yard, and receiving stolen property.
He is described as a male Maori of solid build and 1.88m tall. He had a fresh swastika tattoo on his left cheek, a tear-shaped tattoo below his left eye, and tattoos on his neck.
Police are continuing to search for him but are warning against people approaching him.
The cordon has now been removed.
Iris Kouzounian, who lives near the house police thought Papa was hiding, was shut inside with a friend and four young children nearby while they listened to police on loud speakers calling for a man to come out of a Princes St house.
Mrs Kouzounian said they gave the man plenty of warning but he never came out.
She heard a woman screaming before a window was smashed.
She believed police had forced their way into the house.
''I just hope there wasn't any children inside.''
Mrs Kouzounian did not know the people who lived at house.
She saw police at the block of flats the night before.
A workman nearby heard numerous domestic disputes at the house.
The Dominion Post