Charges for armed robbery

DEMANDS: An armed man entered the BNZ branch in Tawa yesterday and got away with a small amount of money. A man has been charged in relation to the robbery.
DEMANDS: An armed man entered the BNZ branch in Tawa yesterday and got away with a small amount of money. A man has been charged in relation to the robbery.

An alleged armed bank robber will face charges tomorrow in Wellington District Court about a hold-up at the Tawa branch of the BNZ bank at midday today.

Police announced tonight they had arrested a 42-year-old Porirua man and charged him with aggravated robbery.

''It is very satisfying that we have got this alleged violent offender off the streets. This crime has caused distress and concern to bank staff and public in the area at the time,'' Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said.

''Making this arrest will reassure and make the public feel safer in their community.''

The man was being held in police custody.

A manhunt was launched this afternoon after a shotgun-wielding man disguised in a long-haired Halloween mask robbed the bank.

Police said bank staff complied with his demands for money and handed over a small amount of cash. No customers were inside at the time.

The man fled in a Mazda Astina car, which was found soon after the robbery and was examined forensically by police.

Police appealed to anyone with further information to contact the Wellington District Crime Squad on (04) 381 2077 or give anonymous information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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