Dangerous escapee sought
Dunedin police are seeking a potentially dangerous man who escaped from Dunedin central police station cells.
They are warning the public to stay clear of the man.
Inspector Greg Sparrow said the fugitive is Tolu Maanaiama, 27, a male of Samoan descent. He is 176 centimetres tall of solid build with short dark hair.
He was last seen wearing white and yellow board shorts and a white T-shirt with writing on the front of it.
"When last seen he was wearing no shoes and black ankle socks. He possibly may also be wearing a grey top," Sparrow said.
"Mr Maanaiama has a tattoo on his neck with the word 'Jahliyah' or similar on it. He also has numerous tattoos around his hands and a significant tattoo on his upper arm.
"Anyone who sees him should contact Dunedin police immediately by dialling 111.
"Police believe he is most likely to be in the Dunedin area and they are actively seeking to locate him."
An investigation into how Maanaiama escaped custody was "still being worked through", Sparrow said.
- Fairfax Media