You messed with the wrong man: Covid-19 rule breaker who was busted flouting lockdown is taught a lesson as he’s tackled to the ground by a boxer – whose DAUGHTER tries to get in on the action
- Man allegedly fleeing police after breaking lockdown in NZ tackled by boxer
- Car allegedly fled police repeatedly in Hamilton before men ran through home
- Two men in hoodies caught on CCTV running through Damion Scarlett’s yard
- Mr Scarlett runs out and starts punching one of the men before tackling him
- Police arrive to arrest the man in a black hoodie after he was restrained
A man who was allegedly fleeing police after breaking New Zealand’s lockdown laws has been tackled to ground by a boxer after running into his backyard.
Police say they made several attempts to pull over two men in a car before the duo were spotted in a neighbourhood in Hamilton on the country’s North Island on Sunday morning.
The pair then allegedly fled on foot before running into the backyard of a well-known fighter from the area named Damion Scarlett.
One of the men managed to escape but Mr Scarlett caught the other after he saw him run past his kitchen window and get stuck in netting in the garden.
‘He was probably a bit tired after getting into that,’ Scarlett told the New Zealand Herald.
‘Then he ran into me.’
A man allegedly fleeing police after breaking New Zealand’s lockdown laws was tackled to the ground by a boxer after running into his home
The incident occurred at about 10.30am on Sunday in the Hamilton suburb of Bader.
New Zealand is currently in stage four lockdown restrictions, meaning residents must stay inside and can only leave the house for essential reasons.
Mr Scarlett, who was living in the house with his wife, two children and parents-in-law, was alerted to the man when he heard a commotion.
‘It was a pain in my a***, really,’ he said.
‘It was the last thing we needed.’
Footage from the family’s backyard CCTV shows a man in a grey hoodie running past the camera.
A larger, slower man in a black hoodie then appears up the side of the house before he is cut off by Mr Scarlett.
The boxing coach then pulls the alleged criminal over to the side of the house before he unleashing a series of uppercuts.
Mr Scarlett’s mother and father-in-law then run over to pull him off the trespasser, before he keels over onto the ground, clearly hurt by the boxer’s punches.
The exhausted man lies flat on the ground as Mr Scarlett talks into his ear.
Mr Scarlett said he saw a man running past his kitchen window on Sunday morning before getting stuck in netting in the garden
New Zealand is currently under stage four lockdown, meaning residents can only leave their homes for essential reasons
The coach’s daughter makes an appearance at one stage in the video, holding a plastic dagger.
‘The day before she was actually practising her zombie killing,’ Mr Scarlett told the NZ Herald.
The footage then shows police handcuff and lead the man in the black hoodie off the property.
Mr Scarlett initially posted the video to his own social media accounts, but had to take the clips down after receiving hundreds of comments about his actions.
The video has since been reposted and shared on TikTok accounts around the world, generating thousands of views.
NZ Police said in a statement they had been attempting to pull over the car before it repeatedly evaded officers.
‘Police again attempted to stop the vehicle and it again fled from Police,’ a police spokesperson said.
‘Police did not pursue the vehicle and it was seen a short time later in the Bader area.
‘Three occupants got out from the vehicle and ran through addresses to avoid Police.
‘An occupant at one of these addresses restrained one of the offenders until they were apprehended by Police. A second offender was located and arrested at a nearby address.
‘A third offender is still outstanding and Police are conducting further enquiries to locate them.’