Armed police in home invasion arrest

Last updated 16:30 30/07/2012

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Armed police were involved in the arrest of two men who allegedly invaded a Levin house with a firearm.

Detective Peter Vine said a Marton property was searched on Friday where police arrested two men, aged 32 and 35.

Armed offenders squad members were called to the scene to assist if things got out of hand, he said.

The men appeared in the Whanganui District Court on Friday and were charged with assault with intent to rob, aggravated burglary and intent to injure.

They were remanded in custody to appear in court next month.

Mr Vine said the charges stemmed from a home invasion on July 9 in which two men entered a house in Taonui St, Levin and demanded money from the occupants.

But instead of bowing to demands, the people at the house fought back.

After the altercation, the two attackers fled, while one man was taken to hospital with an arm injury, and another man suffered bruises.

Mr Vine said investigations were still ongoing, despite the arrests.

The family were happy the arrests had been made but were still put off their stride by the incident, he said.

''They're still fairly shaken up as a result, but they're doing well," he said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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