Wanted fugitive arrested
A WANTED fugitive police suspected to be living in Iluka has been arrested in West Australia after nearly nine years on the run.
Troy Newton was named among Australia's 20 most wanted fugitives as part of Operation Roam 2015, after his alleged involvement in an aggravated burglary on the Sunshine Coast on December 16, 2006.
Police revealed this month they believed he may have been living at Iluka.
According to The West Australian, he was living openly in the Bremer Bay community under the name he used when he and an accomplice allegedly armed themselves with a gun and knife during the 2006 burglary.
The public alerted police to his whereabouts and he was arrested on Friday.
Sunshine Coast detectives have travelled to Albany to collect Mr Newtown for extradition and hope to have him before a Sunshine Coast court this week.
Police will allege Mr Newton and another man forced their way into a Jarrah St home at Minyama about 7.30pm on December 16, 2006.
Officers said one man was armed with a pistol and the other with a knife.
The victims were two men and a woman who police said were unknown to the alleged offenders.
One of the victims fought back, using a baseball bat to hit one of the intruders.
The intruders fled the scene and were not caught.
Police said there was blood at the scene as a result of and forensic investigations have linked the DNA with Mr Newton.