Home invasion suspects identified

Hunt continues for home invasion pair

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 14:52 02/05/2014
Home invasion
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INVESTIGATING: Police at the scene of the home invasion in Opiki.

Opiki suspect
SUSPECT: One of the men police are seeking in relation to the attack.
Opiki suspect
INJURED: Police are seeking this man in relation to the attack. It is believed he was injured.

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LATEST: Palmerston North Police have released an identikit image of the two men involved in a violent home invasion in Opiki.

The men have been on the run since Wednesday morning, after a 45-year-old woman found one of the men in her home on Poplar Rd, between Palmerston North and Shannon, about 6.40am.

Police are seeking sightings of the men, and of a vehicle speeding or driving dangerously in the Opiki area between 6.50am and 7.15am on Wednesday.

One man is described as Maori, with medium length dark hair, aged between 18 and 20 and of stocky build.

He was wearing dark coloured clothing at the time, has a noticeable missing tooth and a silver sleeper with a ball in the centre in his left ear. The second man is described as a blond European, about 183cm tall, and aged between 18 and 20 years old.

He was wearing a grey hoodie, and has short hair, or a shaven head.

The Maori man made threats and demands, leading to a struggle with the woman.

The woman suffered minor injuries from a weapon, believed to be a knife, held by the Maori man, and a second, European man was stabbed in the stomach with a pair of scissors after joining in the tussle.

Anyone with information can contact Constable Nick Parlane on 06 215 4962 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

VICTIM WORRIED FOR ATTACKER

The victim of a violent home invasion has expressed concern for one of her attackers, who suffered a stomach wound as they struggled.

The woman thought it was her partner returning from milking, but was instead confronted by a Maori man with a knife, who struggled with her when she did not comply with his threats and demands.

A second, European man joined the struggle and suffered a stomach wound from a pair of scissors.

It is unclear how the wound was inflicted, but both men fled shortly after, leaving the scene at speed in a vehicle. The attackers were still at large this morning.

The woman suffered minor cuts and was checked and discharged from Palmerston North Hospital later that day.

Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said yesterday police had not yet formally interviewed the woman, citing her health and welfare as "paramount".

"She did, however, express to us that she was worried about the wounded offender's condition and along with police, urge him to come forward and seek immediate medical treatment."

The woman was back home yesterday, but her partner said they did not wish to comment.

Thompson reassured the Opiki community that this was an unusual event in the Horowhenua and Manawatu areas, and six officers were working to find the men responsible.

Police had received several calls from members of the public regarding the incident, but still wanted to speak with anyone else who might have relevant information.

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