"ASHLEY Walker, it's time to hand yourself in."
That's the message from police after the 30-year-old (pictured above), who is wanted in relation to the theft of a Legacy charity tin, allegedly escaped custody in the early hours of yesterday 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 police custody while still in handcuffs, allegedly by kicking the front window of the address 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 become 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 Mr 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.