Cap. spray used in violent attack
A MAN allegedly assaulted police as they tried to question him about a bag snatching in the Coffs Harbour city centre on Wednesday afternoon.
Police say officers were forced to use capsicum spray on the 22-year-old before they were able to restrain him.
It’s alleged he violently swung his arms and tackled the police officers on a walkway on Hogbin Drive, near the Bangalor Bridge.
The man had been walking along the roadside with a 29-year-old woman, who was also charged after the incident.
Coffs Clarence Police Supervisor Sergeant Frank Cook said officers had stopped to question the pair over a reported theft near the council-owned toilet block off Park Avenue.
The incident allegedly happened beside the Woolworths carpark at 4pm.
“The victim told police a man and a woman had stolen a bag and fled the scene,” Sergeant Cook said.
“The officers stopped the couple who were seen walking over the Bangalor Bridge a short time later. It’s believed they matched the descriptions of the suspects which were provided to police by the victim,” he said.
When approached, the woman allegedly told police she did not want to speak with them and checks revealed she was in breach of bail conditions previously imposed on her by the courts.
It’s alleged the man became aggressive and started to hit out at police.
“Officers were forced to use OC spray on the man, before they were able to detain him,” Serg. Cook said.
After the struggle he was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was arrested and charged with assault police and resist arrest.
The woman meanwhile was charged with resist arrest, breach of bail and an additional charge of shoplifting.
Police allege she also confessed to a shoplifting offence at the Coffs Harbour IGA supermarket on Tuesday afternoon.