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The hostage situation in the center of Auckland was a random attack, police say



The woman escaped unharmed as an armed stranger caught her and held a hostage at a shopping center in Auckland for 90 minutes.

The video from the scene shows the police around an upset man who held what the police believe is a 5-inch bump on a woman's neck at the Manukau Citi Westfield Shopping Center.

Police arrested and charged a 30-year-old man with kidnapping in connection with the incident.

Further footage showed that officers outside the building were jailed in the incident, near Burger King at the food court, immediately after Friday at 9:00.

The attacker had his hand around his wife's throat and held his knife with his other hand.

The man obviously held a knife on his wife's neck

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The man obviously held a knife on his wife's neck

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Western Manukau Inspector Adam Payne confirmed that the 34-year-old victim was an unknown offender.

"This was a very disturbing incident for the victim and extremely difficult for her."

The woman was from Christchurch and she was in a shopping mall with her teenager, she said.

"We offer the victim all the support we can and she was extremely brave and she managed to stay calm."

The spy said men were not threatened.

Police officers negotiated with the offender about 40 minutes before dropping the knife to the ground and releasing the victim.

The beginner was immediately arrested and detained without any further incident, said Pine.

The woman who filmed her in front of the building said she had already taken a woman as a hostage when she arrived at 8.55.

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A man holds a knife to his wife's neck at Westfield Manukau.

"When I first saw what was going on, I thought," This is a sick joke, a guy who wants attention. "

"I started to take it seriously when the woman cried and her daughter watched her all along."

She said her daughter was also paying.

The woman was held hostage at Westfield Mall in Manukau.

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The woman was held hostage at Westfield Mall in Manukau.

"I was just hoping that the woman was not injured."

A food worker said that everything was happening when a Mediterranean man entered the food court in an excited, apparently drunken and disoriented country.

She said that his behavior caught the eye and began to move on – cleaning customers in the food court.

He then reached his clothes, she said, allegedly pulling the knife before holding him to the door of the woman who was holding food in Burger King.

The Burger King staff confirmed that the woman was standing in her order when she happened.

A worker from the food house said that the woman returned her, so she did not see what was happening before she grabbed her.

The incident took place at the Manukau Citi Westfield Shopping Center at 9 am on Friday.

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The incident took place at the Manukau Citi Westfield Shopping Center at 9 am on Friday.

Security then freed everyone from the area.

The store said the entire center was evacuated at 9h.

Officers stood guard outside the mall while the incident occurred

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Officers stood guard outside the mall while the incident occurred

Large groups of evacuees and observers were crowded in front of the mall at 10.30 am, and vehicles were running out of place.

The incident is resolved by 10h. The police said that the man was in custody, and that the woman was tireless.

Jackue Jonson, manager of the Westfield Manukau center, said the shopping center was reopened and traded around at noon.

"The center is briefly closed to enable the police to manage the incident and ensure the safety of customers and staff.

"Nobody is hurt, we continue to work with the police and help their research," Jonson said.

The manager of Burger King, however, said that the staff who had worked there since then had been sent home.

A man will appear in the Manukau District Court, Pyong said it is too early to say whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Pjine could not say whether a man was known to the police, because that question was before the courts.

* Earlier reports that the victim's pregnancy was incorrect.


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