Man caught and another on run after Park Beach home invasion
A MAN will appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday following an alleged aggravated break and enter and pursuit in Park Beach on Saturday.
About 10pm, two men allegedly entered a unit on Boultwood Street with their faces concealed where it's alleged they threatened the occupant, demanding his wallet, telephone and car keys.
A struggle ensued between the three men during which the occupant was allegedly punched a number of times to the face.
One of the intruders allegedly took a mobile phone, car keys, tobacco and a pair of scissors from the kitchen table.
Both men then allegedly forced the occupant outside where he managed to break free and alert police attending another job nearby.
Meanwhile, the alleged offenders stole the occupant's car and drove away.
Soon after, police conducting random breath tests on the Pacific Highway saw the vehicle approach the intersection of Orlando Street and commenced a pursuit.
The chase continued through streets near Park Beach before the Commodore stopped in San Francisco Avenue.
The two men ran from the car.
Police pursued on foot and apprehended a 24-year-old man but the other man evaded capture.
The 24-year-old was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously (Skye's Law), drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, drive with mid range PCA, carry cutting weapon upon apprehension and breach of bail.
He was refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court.
Police are still searching for the other alleged offender who was last seen running west on Pacific Avenue.
He is described only as being of Caucasian appearance.
Not far from where the major incidents occurred, NSW Fire and Rescue were called to extinguish a blaze which consumed a Nissan utility.
Police are still investigating whether or not the incidents are linked and have appealed to members of the public who may have information as to how the vehicle blaze started to contact them.
Please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.