Police arrest fugitive in Yeppoon street

 33.45pm: Police have made a dramatic arrest in a Yeppoon street to end a 24-hour manhunt.

Six police cars converged on Athena Street, in Barlows Hill, about 3.30pm where they took the 27-year-old fugitive into custody.

He was placed in the back of a police van and taken away.

UPDATE, 11am: POLICE say a man they are hunting in Yeppoon, who was carrying five firearms, is no threat to the public.

Acting Superintendent Dave Peff said the manhunt began after the 27-year-old man crashed a stolen car on Old Byfield Rd yesterday afternoon and then tried to steal another one.

While attempting to steal the car he was disturbed and ran into the bush carrying the firearms and sparking the police manhunt in the Mt Jim Crow area.

Act Supt Peff said mounted police, who are taking part in Exercise Talisman Sabre, were now searching the area where he was believed to have hidden two shot guns and three rifles.

During the search last night he was spotted a number of times and at 8.15pm was fired on by a dog handler who “feared for his life” when he came upon the man in the bush.

Act Supt Peff said he was later picked up by a passer by and taken to Yeppoon.

He said they knew who the man was and were now contacting known associates to find him.

But he said the man was no threat to the community.

“He has made no actions to suggest he has threatened the community.”

He was described as 170cm tall, Caucasian and wearing khaki pants with no shirt of shoes.

He has dark and very short hair.

Police said he should not be approached by members of the public.

Anyone with information should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000. 

 

9am: Police fired at an armed fugitive during an overnight manhunt in bushland near Rockhampton last night.

Police said the man was spotted at 7pm on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd and threw an object at a police vehicle before running back into the bush.

A short time later he was located by a dog handler who shot at the man when he became aggressive.

Rockhampton City Inspector Dave Peff said it appeared the man had not been injured and again fled back into the bush.

Police said the man had tried to break into a vehicle on Old Byfield Rd at 1pm yesterday afternoon when he was disturbed and fled into the bush carrying a number of rifles.

A search started in the area of Old Byfield Rd and Artillery Rd which included two dog squads.

He was last sighted about 8pm on Tanby Rd, Yeppoon.

He was described as 170cm tall, Caucasian and wearing khaki pants with no shirt or shoes.

He has dark and very short hair.

Police said he should not be approached by members of the public.

A media conference is due to be held at the Rockhampton Police Station at 10.30am this morning. 

 

3pm:  POLICE late last night were hunting for an armed man hiding in bushland near Mt Jim Crow, between Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

Armed police were spotted wearing bullet-proof vests and standing guard on either side of the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Highway yesterday afternoon just east of the turn-off into Cawarral.

District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Max Bennett said the man was wanted for “a number of offences”, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

“Police can confirm a male person armed with a number of rifles on the Rocky-Yeppoon Rd area has gone into bushland in the Old Artillery Rd, Old Byfield Rd area,” Snr Sgt Bennett said.

“Police are conducting searches for this person.

“He's not to be approached by any members of the public whatsoever.”

Snr Sgt Bennett said two dog squads had been called in to look for the man since the hunt started about 3pm yesterday.

He said a member of the public had phoned police concerned about the man's behaviour.

He said if anyone saw the man they should contact police immediately.


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