Cops: Pita’s back in Queenstown

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Police believe kidnapping suspect Pita Wilson is back in Queenstown – and warn he shouldn’t be approached.

In a statement issued this morning, relieving area commander of Otago Rural, Inspector Olaf Jensen, says police inquiries into an alleged kidnapping are continuing.

Police are searching for Wilson, 38, once a , and Joshua Veint, 23, over an alleged incident that occurred in the Queenstown on Tuesday evening.

Jensen says: “We now have reason to believe that Pita Wilson is back in the Queenstown area and our efforts are focused on locating him there.

“We have no specific information with regards to the whereabouts of Joshua Veint but we believe that he is still in the Southland area.”

The men should not be approached, police warn. Anyone who sees either of them are urged to call police immediately on 111.

Police Joseph Armstrong just before midnight on Sunday.

Mark Junior Taylor, 17, of no fixed abode, appeared in the Queenstown District Court this morning, charged with: from November 25 to November 27, in Queenstown, he jointly with Pita William Hapurona Wilson and others, unlawfully detained Casey Johnston and Andrew Lee without their consent.

He was remanded in custody and will appear in the Invercargill District Court tomorrow morning.

over the weekend in relation to the incident. That followed armed offenders squad members on Friday night.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Queenstown Police on (03) 441-1600. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.