Head Hunters member wanted after assault on truckie in Auckland

NZ POLICE Police are looking for 27-year-old Winiata Pihu Tipene, who is considered dangerous and should not be approached. A patched member of the Head Hunters is being sought over an assault on an Auckland truck driver.

Jordan Martin, 21, was beaten in the industrial suburb of Penrose on July 7 after clipping a car with his 50-tonne truck and trailer unit. Footage of the incident appeared to show a man climbing into the truck cab and attacking him with a weapon. Counties Manukau police Senior Sergeant Kevin McNaughton said on Friday that police were looking for Head Hunters member Winiata Pihu Tipene in relation to the attack.

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Tipene had four warrants for his arrest and faced charges including assault and wilful damage. The event had been largely described on social media as “a result of serious tension between boy racers and truck drivers”, McNaughton said.

However, “following a significant number of enquiries”, police did not believe that boy racers were involved in the assault. They had been on the scene at the time, but were not believed to have attacked Martin. “This was an isolated incident involving a patched gang member,” McNaughton said.

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Tipene, 27, was described as being 190cm tall and of thin build.

Police warned he was considered dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who saw him was asked to phone 111 immediately. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to phone the Counties Manukau crime squad on 09 261 1321or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Stuff

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References

  1. ^ Truck driver filming near-misses on dashcam wants police to use footage as evidence (www.stuff.co.nz)
  2. ^ Truck drags car with driver still in it (www.stuff.co.nz)
  3. ^ Police chase truckie for an hour in late-night pursuit through Wellington, Hutt Valley (www.stuff.co.nz)
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  5. ^ Memorial for homeless man to be held at south Auckland church where he died (www.stuff.co.nz)
  6. ^ Auckland Homepage (www.stuff.co.nz)

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