UPDATE @ October 10: THREE men have been arrested after a mother, grandmother and two children were allegedly kidnapped from a home in the NSW Central West.
The terrifying ordeal, which police say is believed to be a domestic-related incident, first unfolded on a property at Ootha early Tuesday morning.
It’s understood three men armed with a shotgun, knife and an axe stormed the home at 5am and assaulted a 68-year-old man inside, knocking him unconscious.
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When the man regained consciousness, the home had been destroyed by fire and the two women aged 71 and 41, along with two boys aged 13 and 14, could not be found.
Police launched a wide-scale search for the family and found the grandmother and her two grandchildren on the roadside on Putty Road, near Colo about 7.15pm.
Its understood the trio were dropped there by two men, who were arrested near Sackville shortly after.
The pair were charged with various offences and were refused bail to appear Penrith Local Court today .
A few hours later, about 11.30pm, officers from the Tactical Operations Unit and Dog Unit, with the assistance of PolAir, located a third man and the 41-year-old woman in bushland near Blaxlands Ridge.
The man was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment, and is expected to be charged later today.
The woman was taken into the care of local police before being reunited with her family.
Investigations are ongoing.
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EARLIER @ October 9: A major Police operation is underway in New South Wales with four people missing after a man was assaulted and a house set alight in the State’s Central West.
Serious concerns are held for two women and two children who are unaccounted for following the domestic-related incident near Condobolin.
Police were called to a property on Henry Parkes Way at Ootha around 11am today.
Officers have been told that two men armed with a shotgun, knife and an axe stormed the home at 5am and assaulted a 68-year-old male inside, knocking him unconscious.
When the man regained consciousness the home had been destroyed by fire and two women aged 71 and 41 along with two boys aged 11 and 14 could not be found.
The 68-year-old man has since been airlifted to Orange Base Hospital in a critical condition while a crime scene has been set up at the property in Ootha.
Police are now trying to track down the vehicle the men arrived at the property in which is a 1998 green Toyota 4WD with NSW registration CD98XE.
It’s believed they may be heading to the Hunter or Central Coast.
Police are urging members of the public not to approach the men and to contact Triple Zero immediately.