Group chase man over misunderstanding

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 31/03/2014

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A group of men, who "had it in their head" that their female friend had been attacked by another man, reportedly took machetes around to his house and chased him down the streets of Invercargill.

Constable Paul Moylan, of Invercargill, said police went to an Elizabeth St address at 8.45am on Saturday after receiving more than five calls reporting a group of men with weapons.

"There were talks of machetes and steel poles."

When police arrived, the group had already scarpered.

The incident was fuelled by the mistaken idea that one of their female friends had been hit by the man at the Elizabeth St property, Moylan said.

The group had sent the man threatening texts, but he brushed them off as a joke, not knowing anything about the allegations, Moylan said.

But when the group turned up at his house, demanding he go outside, the man realised they were serious.

The group then broke the window to the garage, which had internal access to the house, Moylan said.

The man inside "legged it through the house and jumped out the front window with a sledgehammer".

Two of the men then chased him down the street but could not find him, Moylan said.

Police had spoken to all involved, but no-one had laid a complaint, and it appeared to be a misunderstanding. The woman had not been hit and was, in fact, at home in bed.

"She's given them a barrelling and is going to fix the window."

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