Man Escapes Police Custody: Was Your House Disturbed During the Incident?

Police ask you to contact them…

Hit News Team

27 March 2019

Hit News Team

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Police are asking for any residents whose home was disturbed after a man escaped from a prison van yesterday on the Toowoomba Range, to please contact them, after the man made several attempts to enter properties in the area.

Police allege that at 8:30am they were transporting several prisoners from Toowoomba to Brisbane.

As the police prisoner van was travelling down the Range, one of the prisoners allegedly commenced kicking the door of the prisoner pods. The kicking was so extreme the officers decided to stop the vehicle as they believed the prisoner was trying to break out.

As police stopped the van, the prisoner who had damaged the internal pod, was able to escape from police.

The man ran up into bushland. With the assistance of calls from the public, police were able to set up a cordon around East Street.

Multiple police resources were deployed to the cordoned area, including the dog squad who tracked the man to a house in East Street.

Police entered the house and located the man who had escaped through a window.

Police will further allege the man attempted to get into a number of houses and vehicles and are encouraging anyone in the area that notices that their house has been disturbed to contact them.

A 29-year-old Fitzgibbon man was arrested and charged with:

  • escape lawful custody
  • three counts of enter premises with intent
  • two counts of trespass
  • one count each of burglary, stealing and obstruct police.

He is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today


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The man had previously been remanded in custody for a number of property-related offences. 

There were no injuries to any police officer or members of the public, however the offender did receive a minor bite to his leg prior to his arrest.

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