Coronavirus: Case who allegedly escaped Jet Park quarantine facility charged with kicking officer in face

A COVID-19 positive man who allegedly escaped an Auckland quarantine facility on Monday has been charged with kicking an enforcement officer in the face.

According to court documents, the man is accused of assaulting an enforcement officer by kicking her in the face during his alleged escape. The man is also charged with intentionally damaging a police vehicle and breaching the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act. 

Police told Newshub on Monday that the man had escape from the Jet Park quarantine facility at about 3:15pm on Monday and was found about half an hour later outside a house on Kohindoor Ave in Māngere. 

"The staff involved took all necessary precautions with PPE," a spokesperson said.

MIQ Joint Head Brigadier Rose King said an investigation is underway. 

"The fact that someone has absconded from one of our facilities is a disappointing and unacceptable breach. We are investigating how this happened."

The man had been in the facility since Saturday.