A 27-year-old man, who kicked in the front door of a Lower Hutt house during an aggravated burglary attempt, appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court this afternoon.
He was charged with aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated robbery, threatening to kill and kidnapping.
Acting Detective Sergeant Mike Eckersley said the offender entered a Durham Crescent home at 2:30am this morning by kicking in the front door.
"He then got two large knives from the kitchen area and entered a bedroom in the house, demanding phones from the two victims, before threatening the male victim, aged 29 years, with the knife."
Mr Eckersley said the offender then demanded the male victim go with him to a nearby ATM machine and withdraw cash for him, leaving the female victim, aged 34 years at the address.
"Police were then called and located the victim at an ATM machine in Waterloo. The offender ran from Police but was located after a short chase."
The man was remanded in custody to reappear on June 28, 2012.
The victims were left shaken but unharmed as a result of the incident, Mr Eckersley said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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