Gang attack students in own home

POLICE have charged a man over a vicious home invasion and assaults at Park Beach.

Shortly before 1am on Sunday, three men forced their way into an Arthur Street unit while five students were at home. Police have been told the men demanded property before assaulting two men, aged 19 and 26, and seriously assaulting a woman, 21.

The trio fled the scene with cash, computers and mobile phones.

Police established a crime scene and the two men were treated for facial injuries, while the woman was assessed and also treated.

A man, 34, was arrested later that morning at nearby Wongala Estate. He was subsequently charged with detain for advantage, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault, armed robbery and aggravated enter with intent.

He was refused bail to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday.

Two other men aged in their 30s were arrested on Sunday afternoon, questioned overnight and released without charge, pending further inquiries.

Police are looking for two men who can help with the investigation.

One of them, described as aged about 30, may also know about two nasty carjacking incidents on Park Beach Road, both involving a knife.

At 8.45pm on Sunday, a driver was assaulted during an attempted car jacking. The sole occupant managed to drive away.

At 12.30am yesterday, a Commodore was carjacked at a restaurant drive-through. The driver was not hurt, and the stolen car was found later.

To help with investigations, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.

  • A MAN will face court for alleged mid-range drink-driving at Woolgoolga on Sunday night.

Police stopped the man, 46, in his white Toyota Hilux in Carrington Street.

He later returned a breath analysis of .115.

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