14 Aug 2015

Arrested man on run since removing bracelet in May

5:38 pm on 14 August 2015

The man at the centre of an Armed Offenders Squad callout in Timaru this morning had been on the run since he removed his ankle bracelet in May.

Rural police officer.

Rural police officer. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The Area Commander for mid-South Canterbury, David Gaskin, said Clinton Benjamin Simon was on bail and failed to appear in the Christchurch District Court in July.

Mr Gaskin said Simon was affiliated with the Mongrel Mob gang and proved difficult to track down after police were alerted to the fact that his ankle bracelet had been removed on 29 May.

He said the police received information this week that Simon was back in Timaru and may be in possession of a firearm, which proved not to be the case.

Police arrested him at an address in Evans Street in Timaru just before 7:30 this morning.

A woman and child were removed from the house before Simon gave himself up.

"We've been looking for him since [May] and he's been all around Canterbury since then but...obviously today we've managed to finally locate him," Mr Gaskin said.

Simon will next appear in the Christchurch District Court on 21 August on assault and dishonesty charges.