Wednesday, 12 August 2015 12:58:37 AM
Inquiries are continuing following the charging of a man over an alleged attempted armed robbery, where a man was tied and detained in the Illawarra last month.
About 3.45pm on Wednesday 15 July 2015, a 53-year-old man was in his campervan parked on Hunter Street, Barrack Heights, when he answered a knock at the door.
The two men at the door allegedly identified themselves as police officers, showing what appeared to be police badges, and asked to enter the van.
When the man asked for additional identification, one of the men allegedly forced him back into the van and produced a knife, before applying tape over his eyes, and around his legs and hands.
The men demanded money, before a relative of the 53-year-old man approached the scene to inquire, and the pair fled the scene empty handed.
The man was treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics for cuts to his arms, hands and head.
Officers from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic officers.
Following extensive inquiries, a 36-year-old man was arrested at Wollongong Police Station about 6.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 11 August 2015).
He was charged with take, detain in company with intent to obtain advantage occasioning actual bodily harm, and impersonate police officer.
He has been refused bail and is due to appear at Port Kembla Local Court today (Wednesday 12 August 2015).
The investigation is continuing and police are appealing for information to help identify the other man.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.