Man arrested after armed hold-up

BLAIR ENSOR AND ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 13:00 16/06/2014

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A 19-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly held up a dairy at gunpoint and then fled the scene in a taxi.

Taukiri Manuell appeared in the Christchurch Distrct Court today and was charged with assaulting a woman with intent to rob her while armed with an offensive weapon.

 

Manuell allegedly entered the Beachcomber Dairy in New Brighton, Christchurch, armed with a .22 pistol at 4.15pm yesterday.

Senior Sergeant Angela Grace said a man had walked into the dairy with a gun and demanded items from the store.

After some "dialogue" with the owner, the would-be robber left empty-handed.

The Press understands the alleged robber then caught a taxi from the scene to Hampshire St in Aranui after the incident.

Police, including members of the Armed Offenders Squad, blocked off the street last night as they searched for the man at a home.

A gun was located and a man arrested, Grace said.

Manuell was arrested in Aranui last night after a police search that included members of the Armed Offenders' Squad.

Defence counsel Nick Rout requested bail for Manuell but Judge Brian Callaghan said it was a serious offence, suppressed facts relating to the charge, and remanded Manuell in custody.

He was remanded in custody to July 7.

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