Hamilton Police warn public not to approach gang member on the run

Wednesday 9 November 2011, 5:48PM

By New Zealand Police



Hamilton Police seeking a gang member on the run since a violent domestic dispute in Tokoroa over the weekend warn the man is dangerous and should not be approached.

Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Thornton of the Hamilton CIB said a warrant to arrest had been issued for Kelly Te Aroha SMITH, a 43-year-old patched Mongrel Mob member following after he allegedly assaulted his female partner at a Tokoroa address on Sunday.

"SMITH has an extensive criminal history and access to firearms and has threatened to use them.

"As a result of this and following information developed by our enquiry team Hamilton detectives, backed up by members of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad and the Auckland based Police Eagle Helicopter, searched a Waiterimu property this morning."

SMITH is a male Maori, 176cm tall of fat to solid build with a distinctive bulldog tattoo on his forehead with a large letter 'M' and a Maori design on his neck and throat.

Mr Thornton said while it appears SMITH had been at the address he remains at large and Police warn the public not to approach him.

"SMITH has an extensive criminal history, much of it for violent offending. We urge anyone who sees this man not to approach him but to ring 111 immediately."

Anyone with information on SMITH'S whereabouts is asked to contact Mr Thornton at the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.