Car linked to Queenstown kidnapping seized as investigation continues


Queenstown Police have found a white four-door Mitsubishi Lancer saloon linked to last weekend’s alleged kidnapping.

The vehicle was seized today (Wednesday) from a local residential address thanks to the help of public information.

It will be forensically examined tomorrow by Christchurch ESR staff.

The vehicle is believed to be part of an investigation into an alleged brutal attack and kidnapping of a 28-year-old Cromwell man in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

The man was lured to the Crown Range Road intersection on State Highway 6, where he was set upon by a group of men in balaclavas wielding a machete and a meat cleaver. He was then bundled into the rear of a Toyota car and driven from the scene at high speed to Chartres Green, where he was ejected from the vehicle.

Police also re-interviewed the victim’s 23-year-old girlfriend today. She was with the victim during the attack – and also received a blow to the jaw but didn’t require hospital treatment.

Police want to speak to anyone who knows about the movements of a yellow Toyota Altezza in Arrowtown at 2.15am on Saturday and are keen to hear of sightings of the Mitsubishi in the Frankton area, particularly near the Frankton golf course.

Cops are also appealing for people involved in the violent attack or for others with information to come forward.

One arrest has been made so far – Queenstowner Rachel Faul is due to reappear in Queenstown District Court tomorrow for her alleged involvement.

Faul faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated wounding and dangerous driving. She is currently being held in police custody.