Couple shaken after West Coast home invasion

Last updated 15:52 20/06/2013

Relevant offers

Crime

New report says NZ 'destination' for forced labour, sex trafficking Winton centre plots dangerous court told Live: Gunman Caleb Kovaleski surrenders to police as stand-off ends peacefully Fatally injured inmate 'tried to clean his own blood' Woman arrested amid investigation into fraud at Waitara travel agency Man dressed as woman allegedly assaults another man in Dunedin Report needed into rape accused's fitness to plead Palmerston North manhunt: Man on the run a "really nice kid" with a difficult upbringing Fatal car crash accused pleads not guilty Man missing after jumping into river following 50 minute police car chase

A West Coast couple has received minor injuries after a home invasion at their Fox River property last night.

Armed and disguised intruders broke into the house on State Highway 6, north of Punakaiki, about 9.30pm and detained the couple living there, police said.

''They remained at the property for some time before departing in a vehicle,'' said Detective Sergeant Gavin Nichols.

The victims were very shaken by their ordeal and had been treated for minor injuries.

Nichols said police would carry out a full scene examination over the next couple of days with assistance of ESR specialists.

Last month police launched a manhunt after a ''sinister'' home invasion by two men armed with guns at a Barrytown property, less than 30km south of Fox River. That break in happened about 3am on May 9.

At the time, police said no shots were fired during the ''physical confrontation'' between the men and three occupants but a man was taken to Grey Base Hospital with minor injuries and discharged later that day.

Detective Kirsten Norton said at the time the offenders' actions were ''sinister and extremely dangerous''.

''Police do not believe the attack was a random event and do not have concerns for other householders in the area.''

Police want to hear from anyone who was in or around the Fox River area yesterday or who travelled between Punakaiki and Charleston and saw any vehicles.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content