UPDATE @ August 28 2017, 6:30am: A Brisbane man will face Southport Magistrates Court today, after he held a woman hostage at knifepoint in Surfers Paradise over the weekend.
It is alleged that around 12:30am on Saturday morning a 29-year-old man from Mooroka attempted to flood the inside of an apartment at Hanlon Street and set fire to a number of items in a room.
A woman in her twenties attempted to leave, however it is alleged the man threatened her with knives and forcibly prevented her from leaving.
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Police attended a short time later and it is alleged that while they tried to restrain the man he became violent and spat at police.
The woman was uninjured during the incident.
The man has been charged with three counts of serious assault police by biting/spitting, and one count each of deprivation of liberty and wilful damage – domestic violence offence.
EARLIER @ August 26 2017, 7:00pm: A BRISBANE man has been charged with holding a woman hostage at knifepoint and trying to set fire to an apartment during a domestic disturbance in Surfers Paradise.
The dramatic scenes played out on Hanlan Street in the Gold Coast tourist precinct around 12.30am on Saturday.
Police said the 29-year-old man allegedly tried flooding an apartment before setting fire to objects in the room.
The woman, also in her 20s, tried to escape at which point the man allegedly threatened her at knife point.
It’s alleged the man from Moorooka refused to let the woman leave and held her against her will until police arrived.
As officers tried to restrain the man, it’s alleged he became violent and spat at police.
He was eventually arrested and later charged with three counts of serious assault police by biting/spitting, and one count each of deprivation of liberty and wilful damage – domestic violence offence.
Although shaken after the ordeal, fortunately, the woman managed to escape without any physical injury.
The man is due to front Southport Magistrates Court on August 28.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au – In an emergency, call 000.
– Additional reporting by Rachel Junge.