Kidnapping incident under investigation by Wellington Police

Kidnapping incident under investigation by Wellington Police

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An investigation is underway after an attempted kidnapping.

Wellington Police are looking for witnesses, to see if they’ve seen two vehicles driving carelessly in the Eastern suburbs on 25 August. Detective Sergeant Stephen Wescott, who is investigating the incident, describes what happened last month.

Two vehicles were involved, one was a dark coloured BMW hatchback followed closely behind by a dark coloured ‘medium to large-sized’ sedan or hatchback.


Between the times of 8.30 pm and 8.45 pm, the two vehicles travelled from Shelly Bay Road to Miramar Avenue and then down Cobham Drive, Troy Street, Rongotai Road, Evans Bay Parade, KFC Kilbirnie and lastly Onepu Road.

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When the two vehicles were on Onepu Road, the victim, who was held hostage in one of the vehicles, managed to escape, says Detective Sergeant Stephen Wescott. The victim was not harmed physically during the incident but was very traumatised and frightened; they have been given ongoing support.

Wellington Police believe the incident was isolated, meaning there isn’t any ongoing risk to the community. 

“This occurred on a Tuesday night, and we believe the erratic manner of driving involved would have caught the attention of people in the area. We would like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing these two vehicles or has dash camera or CCTV footage that may have captured them,” said Detective Sergeant Stephen Wescott.

Anyone with information is asked to call Police via 105 and quote file number 200825/5640.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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