Police say the arrest of fugitive Daniel Waka Minogue at a backpackers' hostel in Blenheim will send a firm message to the Mongrel Mob.
Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Steve Greally said Minogue was arrested by the armed offenders squad on Thursday night, after someone recognised him at a backpackers' lodge and tipped off police.
Minogue had been on the run from police for a week and was wanted in relation to a violent home invasion in Canvastown and a separate assault on his former partner.
Three other associates of Minogue, one who lives in Blenheim and two who live in Nelson and who are also believed to have connections with the Mongrel Mob, have also been arrested.
Mr Greally said the arrests would help disrupt Mob efforts to set up in the region, and send a message they were not welcome.
He said he was proud of the efforts of the police in Nelson and Marlborough who had worked to capture the violent offenders. Some police had come into work when not on call.
The Nelson and Marlborough communities were safer following the arrests.
"I can't ask more from my staff and the community can't ask more from police."
Minogue, 31, of Nelson, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday facing 13 charges and was remanded in custody to appear in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday.
The charges include aggravated robbery causing grievous bodily harm, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, two charges of injuring with intent to injure and a charge of threatening to kill along with two charges of burglary, two charges of breaching a protection order, one charge of breaching a restraining order, one charge of obstructing the course of justice and a breach of community work.
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