Tuesday , June 22 2021

Manukau Westfield Mall evacuated when the man keeps his wife pregnant as a hostage with a knife

A large mall in Auckland has been evacuated when a man has a pregnant woman as hostages, with a throat knife.

The man, who wears a baseball cap, takes the woman's weapon – which witnesses say she is pregnant – near Burger King on the food court in Manukau Westfield.

Silvermoon store manager, Aarika Parmar, described the terrifying scene that unfolded at 09:30 p.m. on Friday.

The man headed towards the end of the food court and took the woman by the neck, holding the knife against her, he said.

A security manager turned to Parmar and said, "You need to move, you have to leave."

"He has a knife. He has a knife that is all that she (a security guard) said."

People were frozen while looking frightened, he said.

"Everyone wanted to know what was going on."

A video from the scene shows police trying to negotiate with the man.

He is wearing a red cap and is shaking his right arm and knife at the police.

The police helicopter was going over the mall for the last half an hour, said a resident.

The police issued a statement saying they are responding to an incident at the mall and were on the scene.

"We will launch more information when they are in a position to do so."

More to follow.

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