A dawn raid on a Te Puke house has resulted in the arrest of an high risk offender accused of being involved in a violent domestic assault in Ngaruawahia on Saturday.
Tauranga Armed Offenders Squad assisted Waikato detectives in the arrest of 34-year-old Christopher Hemi Mahara at a Hastings Street address at about 6.30am today.
Waikato Police communications manager Andrew McAlley says the man was arrested in Te Puke this morning.
“He was arrested without incident and is currently on his way back to the Waikato to be interviewed.”
Area tactical response manager Inspector Karl Wright St-Clair confirmed the Tauranga Armed Offenders Squad assisted Ngaruawahia Detectives with this morning’s arrest.
Maraha is accused of assaulted a woman at a Horotiu Road home in Ngaruawahia on May 19.
Police allege he was in possession of a loaded .22 rifle and an axe handle at the time of the incident.
“At the time we believe Mahara and his pregnant partner became involved in an argument as they drove in a blue four-door-sedan along River Road towards Ngaruawahia,” says Detective Sergeant Mata John.
Police arrested Christopher Hemi Mahara in Te Puke this morning.
She says the woman managed to escape when the man drove and stopped at a liquor store in Ngaruawahia.
Andrew says the man’s apprehension is a direct result of public support and information being provided to police.
People who notice anything suspicious in their area are advised to contact their local police station or alternatively, they can leave information anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.