Missing NSW prisoner arrested in Qld after horrific hammer assault

A prisoner who has been on the run after allegedly escaping a correctional facility in NSW last week has been arrested in Queensland.

The 35-year-old was taken into custody by officers on Monday afternoon after going on a crime spree.

Police will allege the man broke into a house at Clontarf before confronting the residents with a hammer around 4pm yesterday.


The man allegedly assaulted a 71-year-old man with the hammer before smashing a window.

It is alleged he then stole a handbag and mobile phone before fleeing in the resident’s Toyota Camry.

He was arrested a short time later at Kippa Ring and charged with one count each of armed robbery, burglary and commit an indictable offence, assault occasioning bodily harm, wilful damage, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possessing dangerous drugs.

The man is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

Police said the 71-year-old victim sustained leg injuries as a result of the assault.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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