Penrose incident: 36-year-old man charged by police after being released from hospital

  • 16/07/2021

A significant number of charges have been filed against a 36-year-old man following an incident that saw two people held at gunpoint in central Auckland on Thursday.

The 36-year-old has been released from hospital and is now facing numerous charges, including three counts of aggravated wounding, aggravated assault, burglary, reckless driving and failing to stop.

He is expected to appear in the Auckland District Court on Saturday, Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe said in a statement on Friday.

It comes just hours after a woman was arrested in relation to the carjacking rampage and charged with aggravated assault and burglary. She was expected to appear in court on Friday afternoon.

Police assistant commissioner Richard Chambers told reporters that officers were notified of a stolen vehicle from Church St, Penrose on Thursday morning, which subsequently crashed on Great South Rd, Ellerslie.

Police saw the driver allegedly holding a firearm to the head of a member of the public, Chambers said. Police fired a shot, but the offender was able to escape after stealing the car belonging to that individual. 

After a pursuit ensued, the car crashed on the corner of Great South Rd and the southeastern highway.

As police approached the crashed car, they saw the offender holding a firearm to the head of a second member of the public. Chambers said police then fired a shot that injured the offender, and the member of the public was able to escape. 

The offender was arrested, given first aid, and taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A police investigation into the incident is ongoing.