Police believe a man they describe as a Black Power prospect is on the run after a stabbing at a party at a Waitara house left a person with life-threatening injuries.
They want to talk to Michael Yardley, 27, who is believed to have left Taranaki and may be in either Auckland or the Bay of Plenty.
A warrant was issued for Yardley's arrest yesterday, officer in charge Detective Mike Thorne said yesterday.
The stabbed man remains in hospital after suffering a punctured lung, shoulder injuries and facial cuts from the attack.
No one at the party contacted police after the man was stabbed.
Instead a friend took him back to his own home where an ambulance was called.
Police were called when the victim arrived in an ambulance at Taranaki Base Hospital's emergency department.
Thorne said the stabbing occurred between 2-3am on Saturday August 9 after a fight .
"As a result one of the men got stabbed in the shoulders about six times," Thorne said.
"He suffered lacerations to his head and a punctured lung."
A knife, believed to be the weapon used, had been recovered, Thorne said. It was obvious the victim had lost a lot of blood which was clearly visible at the house where the party was held.
The victim was not a member of Black Power but was a relative of the family holding the party, he said.
Early indications were that the fight started when the victim took exception to a man wearing a patch or other gang regalia that he believed he was not entitled to wear.
Police believe at least 12 people were at the gathering.
They want anyone who knows of Yardley's whereabouts to call the New Plymouth police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Taranaki Daily News