BY ISABEL EVERETT
Police are still searching for a man, and two others have been arrested after a woman was allegedly held against her will in a Kotara home on Wednesday morning.
About 3.50am, officers were called to a home on Park Avenue, following reports a 24-year-old woman had been held against her will.
Police have been told a 30-year-old woman and two men – aged 29 and 36 – were inside the home before the younger woman managed to escape and contact police.
The trio then threatened an 88-year-old male resident, who was asleep at the time.
A perimeter was established, and specialist units were deployed to assist in the operation – including police negotiators and the dog unit.
The 88-year-old man was able to leave the home and was taken into police care about 5.50am; he was uninjured.
The 36-year-old man fled the home on foot a short time later, before he was arrested near Howell Street.
The 30-year-old woman was also arrested at the property a short time later.
Both the man and woman are assisting police with their inquiries.
The 29-year-old man escaped the home and remains outstanding with officers conducting extensive inquiries to locate him.
An investigation into the circumstances leading up to and during the incident is now underway, including allegations the younger woman had been held against her will in the days prior to today’s incident.
Anyone with any information with may assist investigators is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Inquiries are continuing.
A police operation which shut down several streets in Kotara on Wednesday morning has concluded.
Officers surrounded a home in the Park Avenue area, reportedly heard on a megaphone asking the occupants to exit the property.
Residents reported seeing an armored vehicle arrive.
Residents were urged to stay inside and lock their doors, and not to return to the street if they leave.
Police are thanking the public for their assitance.
More to come.