Man found after escaping immigration

Last updated 00:05 14/06/2014
Michael Alexander Stockermans, 24, from the Netherlands
WANTED: Michael Alexander Stockermans, 24, from the Netherlands, had been in Christchurch Airport before he ran from officials.

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A foreigner who escaped immigration at Christchurch Airport has been found.

Michael Alexander Stockermans, 24, from the Netherlands, was said to have a "bad wound to his head", and was last seen on Avonhead Rd, near Russley Rd about 3.50pm on Friday.

Police said in a statement issued just after midnight on Saturday that he had been located, but no further details were available.

Earlier police said Stockermans had "escaped immigration after being held at the airport".

"A motorist stopped in the area to help him, as he had a cut on his head, and he took off across the paddocks," a police spokesman said.

Police and dog teams searched the area this afternoon but were unable to locate him.

Immigration New Zealand border operations manager Karen Unwin said Stockermans was being interviewed by immigration staff "as part of routine arrival procedures".

"He absconded during the interview and police are currently looking for him."

Unwin declined to comment further.

Laetitia Macharper, an employee at SB Global on Ivan Jamieson Pl, was in the car park of her workplace with her sister when they were approached by the tourist.

"This guy came running into the car park with a really bad wound to his head, there was blood everywhere," she said.

The pair asked Stockermans if he was OK, to which he replied frantically: "I need to get to the hospital, I'm from the Netherlands and I was in a cab and the door opened, and I fell out and bumped my head."

Macharper's sister offered to take him to the hospital, but Macharper believed his story "didn't really add up", and told him she would call him an ambulance. 

But when Stockermans heard police sirens soon after, he "took off" down Russley Rd.

"I've never seen someone run so fast," Macharper said.

She then called police and gave them a description of the incident. 

"It was really weird, it all just happened so fast."

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