Police seek information to find escaped prisoner

Thursday 22 December 2011, 2:54AM

By New Zealand Police


Randolf Terrence Bennett
Randolf Terrence Bennett Credit: New Zealand Police


Police are seeking information from the public to help find a man who escaped after appearing in the Tokoroa District Court today (Dec. 21) on drug charges.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Randolf Terrence Bennett, aged 43 years. Bennett is caucasian, and is described as slimly built, with short dark to grey hair and 182cm tall. Police urgently want information on where he is but say Bennett should not be approached.

Senior Sergeant Tony Jeurissen, acting Taupo Area Commander, said Bennett had been remanded in custody in the Tokoroa District Court this morning after appearing on methamphetamine related charges.

He escaped about 11.30am while being loaded into a police truck and was last seen getting into a blue car in the Mitre 10 carpark in Campbell Street, Tokoroa.

Police patrols have been looking for him throughout the afternoon.

“The circumstances of the escape are being looked into but our immediate priority is finding Bennett and getting him back into custody,” Senior Sergeant Jeurissen said. “Bennett is known to have links in the Tokoroa, South Waikato, Te Awamutu and Hamilton area.

Anyone who knows where Bennett is or who see him should contact police immediately on 111 or Tokoroa Police on 07 885 0100.