A man who allegedly kidnapped a family member at gunpoint has been using dating sites, including Tinder, to find places to stay while on the run from police.
Armed police raided two houses in Christchurch on Wednesday looking for Robert James McAllister, 34, who has more than 50 convictions for violence, dishonesty and drug use.
Police found a cannabis growing operation at one of the properties, a home in Yaldhurst, but McAllister was nowhere to be seen.
“He’s considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public,” said Detective Andrew Owens, the officer in charge of the manhunt.
McAllister has been on the run from police since early September when he was allegedly involved in a domestic violence incident.
He has since visited places in Wellington and Dunedin.
Owens said police believed McAllister was using social media and dating sites, including Tinder, to find places to stay.
On Wednesday morning, he allegedly kidnapped a family member at gunpoint and forced them to take him somewhere.
“He’s someone we’d like to locate sooner rather than later,” Owens said.
Police described McAllister as 1.82 metres tall and of medium build. Both his arms are heavily tattooed. It is believed he may now have long hair.
Anyone who may have seen him, or has any knowledge of his whereabouts, is asked the contact Canterbury Police on 03 363 7400 or call 111.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.