A man broke into a unit on Kennedy Drive in the early hours of Sunday morning, before waking and sexually assaulting a 78-year-old woman, police allege.
The man stole several items of jewellery, before the woman successfully forced him out of her house.
Police and Tweed Heads Local Area Command were then called to the scene, where they commenced investigations.
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On Wednesday morning, around 10:30am, detectives arrested a 27-year-old man at a Kennedy Drive unit, and took him to Tweed Heads Police Station to face a string of charges.
He was charged with a variety of offences including aggravated breaking and entering, sexual assault, committing serious indictable offence, possessing prohibited drugs, larceny and many others.
He refused bail, and will appear before Byron Bay Local Court today.