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Vuetaki Goes Into Hiding

The Commissioner of Police has ordered an internal investigation into the release of Aerotown Mobil Service Station robbery suspect, Tupou Vuetaki. It is understood that Vuetaki has gone into hiding
08 May 2015 09:00
Vuetaki Goes Into Hiding
The Commissioner of police Benardus Groenewald.

The Commissioner of Police has ordered an internal investigation into the release of Aerotown Mobil Service Station robbery suspect, Tupou Vuetaki.

It is understood that Vuetaki has gone into hiding after being released by Ba Police on Tuesday.

Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald has confirmed the investigation and said, “Initial information received at my office indicated that he was transferred from Namaka to Ba to be interviewed with regard to an earlier allegation of robbery.

“Investigations could not link him to the alleged robbery in Ba, and due to a miscommunication between the stations, he was released. A special taskforce has been appointed to re-arrest him as soon as possible.”

Vuetaki was initially arrested in Suva last week for his alleged involvement in the robbery of the Aerotown Mobil Service Station in Nadi on the morning of April 27.

The robbery, involving four masked men armed with pinch bars and knives, was foiled by Police.

Three suspects got away while the fourth lost his footing and was left behind by his colleagues when they drove off at high speed in their getaway car.

The stolen vehicle was later found abandoned in a sugarcane field in Nadi.

Security camera video footage had captured the men entering the station and they were not aware that Police had been tracking them.

The man left behind was arrested but later admitted at the Nadi Hospital. It is believed he received injuries after a stone thrown by a Police officer hit his head.

Police are requesting anyone who may have information regarding Vuetaki’s whereabouts to call 9905 296, 917 or 919 or their nearest Police station.

Mr Groenewald said a reward was also on offer for any information that could lead to Vuetaki’s arrest and has assured members of the public that all information would be treated with confidentiality.

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