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Dangerous man found and arrested after running away from courthouse in Porirua


A dangerous man who escaped from the Porirua District Court on Saturday was found tonight in Porirua. Police had been searching for him since his escape.

Rikihaha (Ricky) Tawhai was arrested at a Porirua address.

He will appear in the Porirua District Court on Tuesday morning on his original charges plus one of escaping from custody.

News from NZ Police – May 6
Wellington Police are seeking Rikihana (Ricky) Tawhai who has escaped from custody at Porirua Court this morning.

He fled at approximately 10:10am, saying he was ill. An ambulance was called. While being assessed, he ran off and left the courthouse.

The 27-year-old is described as 170cm tall and of solid build.

He has tattoos on both arms, including five bulldog heads tattooed on his left forearm.

Tawhai is considered dangerous and should not be approached. Any sightings of him should be reported immediately to 111.

This incident will be subject to review.

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