Hunt for two home invaders
A Christchurch hip-hop producer was allegedly bound with duct tape and shut in a cupboard before three armed men stole his new deejay equipment.
Police are still hunting for two of the men involved in the "serious home invasion" in Raleigh St, Bishopdale, about 9.15pm on Wednesday.
A 21-year-old man will appear in the Christchurch District Court today charged with aggravated burglary after he was arrested in Spreydon yesterday. He could face further charges.
Police have not recovered a knife they believe was used in the incident.
Detective Sergeant Hamish Wilson said the victim, a man in his 20s, was overpowered and threatened by the three men after answering a knock at the door.
They tried to restrain him with duct tape, but that did not work, so they shut him in a cupboard.
The men stole computer and specialist electronic equipment worth about $5000 before fleeing the home, Wilson said. He would not say what the equipment was, but The Press understands it was deejay gear bought to make hip- hop music.
The victim was able to free himself from the cupboard once he knew the offenders were gone. He went to a neighbouring flat to call police.
He suffered scrapes and bruises but did not require hospital treatment, Wilson said.
"He's complied with the demands of the people that were there and avoided being seriously injured," he said. "It's what we'd class as a serious home invasion."
Police believe the victim knew the identity of at least one of the men involved in the incident.
A neighbour, who would not be named, said the man had owned the deejay equipment for only a couple of weeks.
Arthur Pauling, another neighbour, said he looked out his window about 8.45pm and saw a man wearing a cap and dark clothing standing with his back to him.
"I thought, 'That's a bit funny this time of night'."
He thought little of it until police knocked on his door.
"I got a hell of a surprise when I heard that [it was a home invasion]," Pauling said.
One of the men is described as a Maori in his early 20s, 1.76 metres tall, of solid build. The other two are described as Maori or Polynesian in their 20s.
Wilson said police were interested in any sightings of a white four-door vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call Christchurch police on 03 363 7400 or can anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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