'Violent' suspect found in roof

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 today and hit the jackpot when they discovered the unemployed Coffs Harbour 19-year-old.

They arrested him and took him to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he is tonight 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 tomorrow 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 that 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 confirmed police had seized ‘items significant to this investigation’ while DNA evidence would also prove crucial in the case.

When asked if the man in custody was facing attempted murder charges, Mr Lindsay said investigators would have to look at the evidence.

"There will be quite serious charges. These are now matters which we expect to go before a court and we are limited to what we are prepared to make public. They are all allegations."

Mr Lindsay could not confirm if the 19-year-old was home alone during yesterday’s police raid.

He expected the alleged victims in the matter were now aware of the arrest.



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