At one stage Werimu Rangi Hauraki was caught and handcuffed by police, but while being escorted he managed to dive from balcony over a steep cliff head-first.Naked men can be evasive at times. Also determined.
He escaped late this morning – police have not yet said how – and was thought to be in a confined area bounded by Commerce Street and Waiewe Streets in Whakatane.
Police staff including dogs and a helicopter searched for him and managed to corner him at least twice but he evaded them both times, including the balcony incident.
“He is currently naked, except for some weed matting he is wearing and handcuffed,” acting Inspector Tony Jeurissen of Whakatane police said.
“Unfortunately he is being very evasive in very difficult terrain. This man is determined and does not want to be apprehended.”