Woman with axe sparks standoff
Neighbours of a Levin woman arrested after allegedly threatening police with an axe say she was "too scared" to leave the house when armed officers arrived. The woman, 35, came to police attention after a complaint that she had threatened a Burns St resident with a hammer.
Levin police arrived at her Goldsmith Cres home at 7am and attempted to arrest her, but she fled indoors and refused to come out.
Sergeant Jeff Lyver said she then appeared in a window with an axe and allegedly threatened to hit the first officer who came though the door with it.
Police called in the Palmerston North Armed Offenders Squad for help, but numerous attempts via loud hailer to get the woman to leave the house went unanswered.
Police put a cordon in place at the ends of the street, stopping traffic coming in during the standoff, but that didn't stop dozens of onlookers gathering outside their homes and in a nearby park.
The woman in the house was well known to many of them.
Neighbour and friend, Deanne Kumar, said she was receiving texts from her while she was holed up inside the house.
One of them said she was "too scared" to come out and just wanted to "have a sleep".
"I wanted to run in and get her out," Ms Kumar said.
She said the woman texted her, asking her to contact television news, which she did.
Thinking it was an odd request, she asked her why, and was told it was because she was "in the right".
When the woman was escorted out, Ms Kumar said she thought she could see a "why did I do that?" look on her face.
Another neighbour, Stacey Daymond-Wildbore, described the woman as a "bit of a grumpy person, but nice".
"This is very out of character," she said.
Armed offenders squad members eventually entered the property and she was escorted from the house at 9.25am.
The woman was charged with a weapon and assault-related offences and will appear in the Levin District Court on October 4.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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