Man allegedly shot a mother and daughter before gunpoint robbery of Canterbury pub
A 23-year-old man who allegedly shot two women before holding up a Canterbury pub is a suspect in a spate of similar gunpoint robberies.
The man, who has name suppression, was arrested after armed police swooped on a property on Pacific Dr in Rakaia Huts, south of Leeston, about 7am on Thursday.
Police launched a manhunt after a mother and daughter were shot at a rural home on Newtons Rd, near Rolleston, west of Christchurch, about 9.30pm on Wednesday.
The pair, who knew their attacker, were taken to Christchurch Hospital by ambulance. One had serious injuries, while the other had moderate injuries. Both were in stable conditions.
About two hours later, at 11.20pm, a man allegedly walked into Hotel Ashburton and fired a shot before fleeing with cash.
Police said four or five people were in the hotel at the time. No-one was injured.
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The 23-year-old appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday afternoon. He made no plea and was remanded in custody to May 11.
He is charged with wounding the two women with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and aggravated robbery of the Ashburton Hotel with a pump-action shotgun.
Defence counsel Helen Coutts sought name suppression for the man so he could tell his family of his arrest. She wanted an opportunity "to explore mental health issues".
The suppression would remain in place until his next court appearance.
Police said several properties would be examined as their investigation continued. Investigators were seen searching a car across the road from the Pacific Dr property on Thursday morning.
Family of the injured women declined to comment.
Wednesday's armed robbery at Hotel Ashburton was the seventh pub heist in Canterbury this year.
In each case, a man armed with a shotgun entered the bar shortly before closing and demanded cash.
Police previously said they believed the first six robberies were likely linked.
On Thursday, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Ford said police were investigating whether the 23-year-old man was involved.
Hotel Ashburton owner Peter Whittaker was unsure when the hotel bar, Turf Bar, would reopen. Police were still there on Thursday afternoon.
Whittaker said staff working at the time of the robbery were recovering from the ordeal.
"They are a wee bit traumatised," he said.
- January 18: Tavern Harewood robbed by man with sawn-off shotgun.
- March 10: Tavern Harewood robbed for a second time.
- April 19: Gunman fires a shot into the air during Hotel Ashburton robbery.