Man charged over 13-hour siege

THE father at the centre of a marathon 13-hour siege on the Gold Coast has been charged by Police.

Neighbours say police detained the 42-year-old man on the top floor of the multilevel unit following a “full on struggle” around 8.30pm on Tuesday.

It’s understood heavily-armed SERT officers stormed through a third floor bedroom and found the man hiding in a wardrobe.


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Police say drugs are paraphernalia were also found in the unit.

He was handcuffed and escorted out by police and later taken away by ambulance.

His 16-year-old unharmed son is now with his grandmother.

He’s been charged with three counts of serious assault, possessing dangerous drugs and other drug offences.

He’s expected to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

8:00pm: POLICE have made their way through a Gold Coast unit where a man and his teenage son have been barricaded inside for more than 12-hours.

A group of heavily-armed SERT officers started to make their way through the three-level apartment around 6.30pm and have since cleared both the first and second floor.

The 42-year-old man and his 16-year-old son have confined themselves to the top floor which has two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The man’s mother said her son’s mental health had deteriorated over the past week and believes her grandson is inside wanting to protect his father, not being held hostage as initially reported.

Neighbours said they woke to the father shouting excessively around 4am Tuesday morning.

Police were first called to the scene around 7am by the 16-year-old son who was reportedly ‘scared’.

6:00pm: POLICE remain at the scene of a marathon siege on the Gold Coast where an armed 42-year-old man has barricaded himself inside a unit block with his 16-year-old son.

Police were first called to the Currumbin address around 7am on Tuesday after the man’s teenage son phoned police, scared of his father’s behaviour.

It’s understood the man, known as “Matt” is believed to be armed with a knife and has threatened himself, his son and police.

Heavily-armed SERT officers have the unit surrounded and have made numerous attempts to communicate with the man without success.

A police robot has been deployed and tactical officers have tossed a camera through an open door on the second floor.

An emergent situation declared between the Gold Coast Highway and Flat Rock Creek remains in place.

The disgruntled father posted the following video footage of police first arriving at his unit around 7am on his Facebook Page.

His teenage son is holding the camera while greeting police from the second floor balcony.

It appears he struggles to speak when police ask to talk with his father who is heard calling him back inside the unit.

With the camera still rolling, the boy briefly captures a glimpse inside the second floor lounge room.

5:00pm: POLICE have sounded their sirens in another attempt to communicate with a 42-year-old man who has barricaded himself and his teenage son inside a Gold Coast unit.

Heavily-armed SERT officers placed a ladder against the balcony shortly after 4.30pm and climbed to the second floor where they tossed a camera through an open door.

The police robot is also inside the unit.

4:30pm: POLICE are still trying to communicate with a 42-year-old man who barricaded himself and his teenage son inside a Gold Coast unit around 7am.

Heavily-armed SERT officers have surrounded the unit and a police ‘eyeball’ robot has arrived on site and is being deployed inside.

It’s understood the man, believed to be armed with a knife, has threatened himself, his son and police.

Officers have forced open a garage door, smashed several windows and disconnected power to the property.

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Heavily-armed SERT officers on the scene. IMAGE: Supplied myGC

4:00pm: POLICE have forced open the garage door of a unit at the centre of a nine hour siege this afternoon.

Negotiators have made numerous attempts to communicate with the man without success.

The 42-year-old man earlier demanded two bottles of coke, a packet of cigarettes and a pizza.

Neighbours say heavily-armed forces are now smashing the unit’s windows.

2:20pm: HEAVILY-ARMED police continue to try and negotiate with an agitated father who is allegedly holding his teenage son hostage inside a Gold Coast unit.

SERT officers have the unit surrounded and have made several attempts to communicate with the 42-year-old man without success.

The man’s mother and teen’s grandmother has arrived at the scene and is pleading with her son to surrender.

She told reporters her son suffered from a mental illness and his condition had deteriorated in the last week.

The siege is now entering its seventh hour, after the 16-year-old boy phoned police from inside the unit around 7am.

Neighbours say the man had been excessively shouting during the night and started again around 4am this morning.

It’s understood police will soon make efforts to disconnect power to the property.

12:41pm: THE father at the centre of a siege and hostage situation on the Gold Coast has made a list of demands.

Neighbours say the 42-year-old man has demanded cigarettes, two bottles of coke and a pizza.

Heavily-armed SERT officers remain on scene trying to being a peaceful end to the standoff.

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Heavily-armed SERT officers on the scene. IMAGE: Supplied myGC

12:00pm: HEAVILY-ARMED police have surrounded a Gold Coast unit where an alleged armed 42-year-old man has barricaded himself inside and reportedly holding his teenage son hostage.

Police were first called to the Gold Coast Highway unit block at Tugun around 7am when the man’s 16-year-old son called for help.

It’s believed the man is armed with a knife and has threatened himself, his son and police.

Police negotiators and the Specialist Emergency Response Team (SERT) have spent the last five hours trying to resolve the situation without success.

In the past hour, the man has appeared on his balcony and thrown a note to officers who’ve in return given him a mobile phone.

An armoured SERT vehicle, known as the “bearcat vehicle”, is now also on scene.

Neighbours told media the man could be heard yelling from his unit yesterday afternoon and evening.

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