Criminal hides after home invasion

A MAN on the run after a violent Coffs Harbour home invasion has tried to outwit police by hiding in a roof.

Detectives acting on a tip-off swooped on a Caltowie Place home at 12.40pm yesterday and hit the jackpot when they discovered the unemployed Coffs Harbour 19-year-old.

They arrested the man and took him to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was last night in custody and expected to be charged over last week’s knife attacks on a teenager and her dad in Calala Place.

The man is expected to face Coffs Harbour Local Court this morning for a bail hearing.

“Detectives have worked tirelessly on this case and are extremely pleased to have someone in custody,” said Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, the acting Coffs/Clarence local area commander. “There were significant resources allocated to this investigation – a team of detectives has been working on this matter for some time.”

Police allege at 9.40pm last Friday, a girl suffered a large cut under her jaw which required 25 stitches while her father sustained a cut around the back of his head and ear.

Police further allege the intruder stole property during the break-in before fleeing.

Mr Lindsay said police had seized ‘items significant to this investigation’ while DNA evidence would also prove crucial in the case.



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