Mother tells of trying to shoot gunman
Police have made a second arrest after a violent home invasion in Christchurch.
Detective Sergeant Chris Power said two search warrants were executed today after two men wearing balaclavas allegedly forced their way into a Northcote Rd home and demanded money from a woman about 1am yesterday.
Power said a 21-year-old man had been charged with aggravated robbery.
He was due to appear in court this afternoon.
A 30-year-old man has already appeared in court over the incident and was remanded in custody without plea.
Power said police had "their minds open" on finding a third offender, who may have been waiting outside while the home invasion took place.
The victim, Sarah, who wanted only her first name used, said today that she was still struggling to get the horror of what happened out of her mind.
Speaking from her mother's home, the 25-year-old said she "just snapped' when the men burst into her home while she and her two children, aged 5 and 3, were asleep.
The men, one armed with a shotgun and the other with a knife, smashed in her door and repeatedly asked her for "10 grand".
She said it was "just horrible".
She fled from the house in bare feet, cutting them on broken glass, but the man with the gun chased her.
The street was empty and she screamed for help before fighting the man with the gun on the footpath in Northcote Rd.
She managed to point the barrel towards him but could not find the trigger.
"I'm a small person but I know how to fight. I felt like I was going to die,'' she said.
''All I was thinking of was my kids. I was ready to kill him".
She said the other man had a knife and both "reeked" of alcohol.
She managed to get away and run to partner Anthony's workplace nearby.
He said his first thought was to run back to the house for their two boys, aged 5 and 3, but police told them on the phone not to.
He was nearly finished his shift and "did not know what to make of it".
Sarah said she did not want to go back to the house because she was scared the other offenders might return.
Now nursing swollen feet and a grazed leg, she said she still felt a mixture of relief and shock.
"I'll try to get the image out of my head."
She was grateful to the police officers who tackled the man with the gun.
"I want to say 'thank you' and I want to buy the dog an icecream," she said.
A man appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday. James Carpenter, 30, a labourer, of Aranui, was remanded in custody to October 11.
Carpenter faces charges that while accompanied by "persons unknown" he robbed a woman of her cellphone, wallet and keys, as well as charges for unlawful possession of a shotgun, using a firearm against a police officer and having a shotgun while committing an armed robbery.
Raiders went to the wrong place - friend
A friend of the family said the gun-wielding offenders "definitely got the wrong place".
The woman, who did not want to be named, said the family were nice people with no enemies.
Another neighbour, who also did not want to be named, said he awoke to the sound of banging and "screams of terror".
He could hear glass in the front door being smashed. The woman in the house started screaming for help, and he phoned 111.
"It was a scream of 'Oh man, I'm in trouble'. It was really awful."
The neighbour said he could hear someone cursing and telling her to "Shut the f... up", and she then went silent.
When police arrived, the men had left, but a man was tracked to nearby Fenchurch St.
Dog handler Constable Lyal Bayliss, his dog Brock and Constable Darrin Pavelka confronted the man, who allegedly pointed the loaded shotgun at them.
Brock was able to subdue the man, and Baylis and Pavelka wrestled him to the front lawn.
The householder, who wanted to be known only as John, said the man was swearing but was "face down in the dirt most of the time".
Police said Sarah suffered minor injuries. The children were safely removed by police and family members.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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