A MAN is expected to be slapped with a raft of charges, following a four-hour siege in regional NSW which ended with a unit being set alight.
Police say, around 7pm on Wednesday a 27-year-old man went to the front door of the property on Garema Road in Orange and spoke to the two male residents, aged 18 and 59.
He then produced a knife and threatened the pair, who did not know the man.
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The older man managed to run from the unit and alert Police.
The younger man could not escape and remained in the home with the armed man.
“Officers from Central West Police District attended and established a perimeter and began negotiations,” Police explained in a statement.
“Just after 11pm, a fire took hold in the unit which was allegedly deliberately lit by the man.
“Police approached the unit and the 18-year-old man escaped the fire.
“The 27-year-old was then arrested after walking out and threatening police with a hammer.
“Fire fighters began to extinguish the blaze and neighbouring units were evacuated.”
The offender has been questioned at Orange Police Station, where he is expected to face several charges.
One officer was treated on scene for a dog bite during the course of the operation.
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