NZ teenagers arrested for alleged kidnapping

AUCKLAND Police have arrested and charged five people, including four teenagers, following the alleged kidnapping of two women overnight.
Police said the incident started on Bowen Avenue in Central Auckland around 10pm where the victims confronted the five offenders allegedly attempting to break into their car.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard of Auckland City Police said the two women were assaulted and were then forced to comply with orders and made to walk around with the offenders while they allegedly looked for a vehicle to steal.
“They were then forced into the boot of a stolen Mazda Demio vehicle and driven to South Auckland,” Det Insp Beard said.
“Unaware of the earlier kidnapping or the vehicle having been stolen, a Counties Manukau Police unit has observed the vehicle travelling in a convoy with another car and attempted to stop them. Both vehicles failed to stop.”
Det Insp Beard said the stolen Mazda Demio continued onto the Southern Motorway and then exited at Ramarama, and drove off the side of a bridge where the vehicle went down an approximately five-metre bank.
He said the two victims were located in the boot with moderate injuries and were taken to Middlemore Hospital for treatment.
Three offenders were located at the scene and taken into custody.
He said the Police Eagle helicopter had located the second vehicle, now known to be stolen, at an address in Manurewa and a further two people were arrested in relation to this incident.
The five people have been charged with the following:
– 20-year-old female – charged with kidnapping x 2, aggravated robbery x 2, unlawful interference of motor vehicle, and unlawful taking a motor vehicle x 2
– 15-year-old male – charged with kidnapping x 2, aggravated robbery x 2, unlawful interference of motor vehicle, unlawful taking a motor vehicle x 2, and dangerous driving causing injury x 2
– 15-year-old male – charged with kidnapping x 2, aggravated robbery x 2, unlawful interference of motor vehicle, and unlawful taking a motor vehicle x 2
– 14-year-old female – charged with kidnapping x 2, aggravated robbery x 2, unlawful interference of motor vehicle, and unlawful taking a motor vehicle x 2.

Police said the 13-year-old girl will be referred to Youth Aid.
They will be appearing in the Auckland Youth Court tomorrow – Saturday, May 5.
Det Insp Beard said this was “really seriously offending and Police are focused on ensuring the victims and their families get the support they need following this traumatic incident”.