Third day of Hutt search for armed man; woman and child are safe

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News from NZ Police
Hutt Valley Police are continuing their efforts to locate Jonathan Antipas, 24, who has a warrant for his arrest issued and has been actively avoiding Police.

Police believe he is the Hutt Valley and continue to have officers looking for him and checking known associates and addresses.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton says “My message for Jonathan is that this matter is not going to go away and it will simply be a matter of time before we catch up with him”.

“We encourage him to come forward and make contact so he can tell us his side of the story. Police have indications that he is feeling under pressure and my advice to Jonathan is that the best way to resolve this is to come into the station and speak to us about what has happened.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600. Anonymous information can be provided via the Crimestoppers organisation on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – July 29
Hutt Valley Police are still searching for Jonathan Antipas, 24, but they have now found Kyrstin Wichman and her five year old son.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton says “We want to thank the public and the media for their assistance in locating them and are pleased to report they are both are safe and well. The five year old boy is being cared for by family members.”

“Police continue to seek any sightings of Antipas but have located the vehicle we believed he may have been driving overnight.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600. Anonymous information can be provided via the Crimestoppers organisation on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – July 28
Hutt Valley Police are searching for Jonathan Joshua Antipas, 24, who they believe may be holding Kyrstin Wichman against her will. It is also possible that their five year old son is with them.

Yesterday Antipas is alleged to have unlawfully entered a property in Upper Hutt with a firearm trying to find Kyrstin. She was not at the address and has subsequently disappeared. Police have fears for her safety due to his agitated state and access to firearms.

A warrant to arrest has now been issued for breach of release conditions. It is possible that Antipas is driving a silver 1994 Mazda Familia, registration YO8633. He is, however, forbidden to drive so should not be driving this or any other vehicle.

 

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