A MAN has allegedly stabbed his grandmother to death and tried killing his grandfather before bludgeoning a stranger over the head with a hammer in a horror attack on the NSW South Coast.
The 20-year-old man was under police guard in hospital on Friday after being arrested over the violent rampage which has rattled residents in the small town of Bega.
The bloodshed began yesterday afternoon when the young man allegedly attacked both his grandparents with a knife in their home on East Street around 3.30pm.
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Police said the man’s 71-year-old critically injured grandfather managed to escape the home and run outside where he was able to flag down a passing motorist for help.
Emergency services were called and rushed to the scene where they found both the man and his 69-year-old wife critically wounded.
Sadly, the woman died of her injuries at the South East Regional Hospital while her husband was airlifted to St George Hospital where he remained on Friday, in a critical condition.
Police quickly saturated the area in the search for the couple’s 20-year-old grandson, who allegedly fled the scene in their car.
In a statement on Friday, NSW Police confirmed officers “engaged in pursuits of the car” as it was driven to Bournda, 25km away.
There, it’s alleged the 20-year-old man abandoned the vehicle before carjacking a 55-year-old man on Sapphire Coast Drive.
It’s alleged the offender bludgeoned the older man over the head with a hammer before driving off in his car only to crash it 500 metres down the road.
The 55-year-old suffered life-threatening head injuries and was airlifted to St George Hospital where he too remained on Friday in a critical condition, fighting to stay alive.
Police said a woman who was also in the 55-year-old man’s car at the time managed to escape without injury.
After crashing the car, the 20-year-old allegedly tried outsmarting officers by running into bushland but ended up being surrounded by police.
Specialist resources, including the police airwing, PolAir, Negotiators and the State Protection Support Unit (SPSU) were called-in to help local officers catch the violent fugitive.
Local residents were told to lock their doors and windows and stay inside as police established a perimeter and closed in on their suspect.
He was eventually arrested around 8.20pm and taken to the South East Regional Hospital for assessment.
The 20-year-old remained in hospital under police guard on Friday.
Detectives from the South Coast Police District, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the terrifying rampage incident.
Anyone with information is urged to call Bega Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast