Wanted man has 'violent history'

23:33, May 04 2014
Owen James Heke
WANTED: Owen James Heke, 33

Police are hunting a Whanganui man they say was involved in a violent dispute that ended with a woman sustaining serious injuries.

Police said Owen James Heke, 33, should not be approached.

There were two warrants for Heke's arrest, but police said they were looking for him following an incident in Kihikihi on April 26.

Waipa CIB Detective Alastair McDougall said Heke had a history of violent offending.

"Heke is alleged to have been involved in a home invasion of a domestic nature where a woman was seriously assaulted," McDougall said.

"He had fled by the time police arrived."

Police describe Heke as a male Maori of medium build and about 1.76 metres tall. The last confirmed sighting of him was in Kihikihi on May 2.

"Anyone harbouring Heke should be aware they do so at their own risk with anyone found to be assisting him to avoid capture likely to face prosecution," McDougall said.

Information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. 

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