Ashley Walker
Ashley Walker

Man refused bail after escaping police custody

UPDATE: POLICE have arrested wanted man Ashley Walker following a vehicle stop and foot pursuit.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command had been searching for the 30-year-old after he allegedly escaped custody during his arrest about at 12.30am on Thursday, May 21.

Warrants had previously been issued for the man for stealing offences.

Following inquiries, police stopped a car on Rushforth Rd at South Grafton just after 9.30pm on Friday.

The wanted man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, allegedly ran from the car however was arrested following a short foot pursuit.

He was still handcuffed at the time of his arrest and was taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged over the outstanding warrants.

Police have thanked the public and media for their assistance.


THURSDAY: ASHLEY Walker, it's time to hand yourself in.

That's the message from police after the 30-year-old, who is wanted in relation to the theft of a Legacy charity tin prior to Anzac Day, allegedly escaped custody in the early hours of Thursday morning.

It is alleged Walker threw a chair at police at a McFarlane St, South Grafton, address at 12.25am, before being handcuffed in front of his body and told he was under arrest.

He escaped custody while still in handcuffs, allegedly by kicking in the window of the home and elbowing a police officer in the face.

Arrest warrants for escaping lawful custody, assaulting and resisting police have since been issued and a large contingent of officers spent yesterday searching South Grafton and surrounds for the alleged offender.

Inquiries are also continuing in relation into six other men who allegedly became aggressive towards police during the arrest attempt.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said it was time for Walker to "man up" and hand himself in.

"This was a significant amount of violence displayed by Mr Walker for what was an offence of relatively low criminality, being a simple stealing," he said.

"The escalation of violence now means that he is a risk.

"Mr Walker should stop playing games and immediately surrender himself to the police station. Enough is enough."

Anyone who sees Walker is urged not to approach him but instead to phone police immediately via 000.

He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 175cm tall, with a medium build, short wavy black hair and brown eyes.

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