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Armed police arrest man threatening staff at Mercure Hotel

Report from RNZ
A man with weapons in a Wellington hotel has been arrested by armed police. Staff at the Mercure Hotel on Victoria Street called police when the man was found with weapons, and behaving threateningly.

Marco Brambilla, who saw the incident from a nearby apartment, said about six police officers arrived suddenly, shortly after 1pm.

“We saw the police arrive, and go in, and they went right back to the car and got the rifles, and we could heard them clicking, like when a gun is loaded.

“Two of them came back with a man between them, he was handcuffed and he started screaming. And we saw one of the officers going back to the car holding a big knife – it was huge, maybe a machete.”

Police said they received reports of a man behaving aggressively and threatening to damage the property. One person was taken into custody.

Meanwhile, a block away, police cordoned off a side alley off Boulton Street, where a person was hit and crushed between a truck and a wall this afternoon. Officers were working at the scene, where a tarpaulin sat over the front of the light truck, between a church and apartments.