Fugitive who allegedly tried to firebomb High Court appears in court

A man who allegedly tried to firebomb Auckland‘s historic High Court building has appeared in court, now also charged with pulling a pistol on police.

Darcy Hayes, 48, appeared in the Auckland District Court today after being arrested yesterday when he was found .

He had allegedly escaped from Auckland District Court last Tuesday when he was to appear over allegedly setting fire to the historic 150-year-old building.

The alleged arsonist is now also facing charges of presenting a firearm at a police officer, escaping custody, and being in possession of cannabis.

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Hayes was remanded in custody and will appear in court again later this month.

Armed police arrested Darcy Hayes in Manurewa. Photo / Dean Purcell facebook twitter email linkedin google-plus whatsapp pinterest reddit

Detective Senior Sergeant Lloyd Schmid said officers pulled over a vehicle about 12.15pm yesterday before police said Hayes ran from the car.

Police said they chased and cornered Hayes but were forced to use pepper spray and a taser in an attempt to arrest him.

Hayes then allegedly pulled a pistol on the officers, forcing them to retreat and call the Armed Offenders Squad.

Hayes was later found under a house in nearby McKean Ave, Manurewa.

Senior Sergeant Emiel Logan said a member of the public informed a police dog handler of a man trapped under a house making some noise.

“Staff have gone to investigate that and found a person calling out that he was trapped under the house.”

Darcy Hayes is accused of trying to set fire to the High Court building in Auckland. Photo / Nick Reed facebook twitter email linkedin google-plus whatsapp pinterest reddit

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