Man accused of pinning woman down and trying to stab her

POLICE have arrested a man they say held a woman down and tried to stab her in the chest  in a hotel on the Gold Coast this morning.

At around 10am, police were attending an unrelated matter at a hotel on Lamington National Park Road, when a woman was heard screaming within the hotel at Canungra.

Police went to investigate and found a man armed with a knife holding a woman down. Police will allege that the man was attempting to stab the woman in the chest.

Police will also allege that before they arrived the woman was assaulted, sustaining several injuries including head injuries.

The officers immediately drew their service firearms and demanded that the man drop his weapon and release the woman.

The 45-year-old woman was able to crawl to safety. The officers continued to negotiate with the man until he dropped the knife.

When police were trying to take the man into custody, he began to struggle with police, causing minor injuries to both officers. A passing off-duty police officer also came to the aid of the two officers, and the man was able to be taken into custody.

Police have charged a 43-year-old man with attempted murder, assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed, going armed in public, and serious assault of police.

He is due to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court tomorrow. 

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