Family flee terrifying home invasion

TWO men have been charged after allegedly terrorising a family at their home on the Gold Coast before jumping into a canal to avoid arrest.

The pair, aged 25 and 33, are accused of trying to break into a family’s waterfront home on Sunrise Boulevard in Surfers Paradise about 9am on Friday.

Police said the men, who were allegedly armed with nunchucks, forced their way through a locked gate before banging on the front door, making demands.


The occupants of the home – a 37-year-old man, his wife and their child – managed to escape the residence and call triple zero before police said the armed duo kicked in the front door and ran inside.

Police rushed to the home where they allegedly found the two intruders standing on the rear pontoon.

It’s alleged as officers moved in to arrest the pair, they jumped into the Nerang River and swam out to the centre.

Police set up four cordons between Surfers Paradise, Chevron Island and Bundall to monitor the men, who refused to swim back to shore.

Officers commandeered a nearby barge and used it retrieve the men from the water.

Once back on dry land, however, police said the 33-year-old man from Ipswich suffered a medical episode and needed to be taken to hospital.

He was transported to the Uni Hospital in a stable condition before being released a short time later.

He and his alleged accomplice have since each been charged with enter dwelling with intent, going armed to cause fear and obstructing police.

The 25-year-old man from Bilinga has also been charged with possessing a restricted item and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

They’re both due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday.