Two men arrested in Porirua after alleged car kidnappings

The arrested pair have been ordered to appear in Porirua District Court in October. (File photo)
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The arrested pair have been ordered to appear in Porirua District Court in October. (File photo)

Two young men have been arrested in Porirua, after two suspected cases of kidnapping people in their cars.

A 26-year-old from Waitangirua and a 22-year-old from Cannons Creek will appear in Porirua District Court in October, facing various charges including unlawfully detaining someone with the intent of keeping them confined.

The 26-year-old has also been charged with using a knife to rob a man, and the 22-year-old with robbing one of the victims of a cellphone and bankcard.

One of the latest alleged victims was forced to drive from Cannons Creek to Tawa on September 14. (File photo)
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One of the latest alleged victims was forced to drive from Cannons Creek to Tawa on September 14. (File photo)

The charges relate to two alleged kidnappings in the Porirua area on September 14, one of which involved a taxi driver.

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They follow the case of a Wellington taxi driver, who was kidnapped and held in the boot of his own car in the early hours of August 9.

The Wellington suburb of Grenada Village, in the area where an injured taxi driver was found in August. (File photo)
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The Wellington suburb of Grenada Village, in the area where an injured taxi driver was found in August. (File photo)

Detective Sergeant David Jones, of Porirua, said there seemed to have been an "escalation" involving people targeting cars.

"The first guy was picked up in Cannons Creek [on September 14] and driven to Tawa.

"You've got a person parked on the side of the road. The [offenders] hop in and generally one's got a knife.

"They force the vehicle owner to drive off with them.

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"You can imagine how traumatic it is being told to drive, not knowing what's going to happen."

The victim was not physically hurt, and the taxi driver in the other incident fled his car to safety.

Jones said he was not aware of any links between the two Porirua cases and the Wellington incident in August.

In that case, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were arrested at Titahi Bay after a taxi driver waiting for work on Jarden Mile, in the Wellington suburb of Ngauranga, was allegedly assaulted about 2.30am and put in the boot of his own car, ending up in Grenada Village.

The driver was taken to Wellington Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, and his taxi was found nearby.

The two men arrested at Titahi Bay appeared in Wellington District Court charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated wounding, kidnapping and arson.

 - Stuff

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