There’s been an arrest after a man hunt in the wake of a traumatic sexual assault at North Lambton.
On Thursday afternoon — a 20 year old woman was inside her bedroom at a home on Turana Parade, when an unknown man broke in and threatened her with a knife.
She attempted to yell out and alert neighbors before the man allegedly sexually assaulted her.
A short time later, he fled on foot and the woman sought help from other residents, who notified police.
Officers from Newcastle City Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation under Strike Force Oorin, with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.
Just after 4pm on Friday they arrested a 20 year old man, not known to the woman, at a home on nearby Faulkner Crescent, and seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.
The man was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with 4 counts of aggravated sex assault-threat to inflict actual bodily harm victim with weapon, break and enter indictable offence (not steal/damage), robbery armed with offensive weapon, sexually touch another person without consent, and reckless wounding.
He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Bail Court today.
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