Shocking moment heavily-armed cops wielding machine guns swoop to arrest man, 29, after house goes up in FLAMES during tense three-hour siege
- Police swooped on a home in Hamilton, Newcastle, NSW, at 7.30am on Tuesday
- Man, 29, refused to leave the house and sparked a three-hour siege
- Fire broke out and police brought in riot squad officers and an armoured truck
- Siege ended after three hours sparking police raid on home and another nearby
Heavily-armed police wielding machine guns swooped to arrest a man after a tense three-hour stand-off that allegedly saw a home set on fire in Newcastle, NSW.
Police brought in an armoured vehicle and riot squad officers after the man allegedly barricaded himself inside a home in Everton St, Hamilton on Tuesday.
Detectives from the serious crime squad probing a series of alleged armed robberies targeted the home at 7.30am but the man allegedly refused to leave, sparking the siege.
A blaze was started in a home under siege during a tense three-hour stand-off with serious crime squad detectives in Newcastle, NSW, on Tuesday
Fire services were called in after a small fire broke out but it was quickly extinguished without incident, said police.
Negotiation specialists were brought in to talk to the man, with discussions initially conducted by loudspeaker, according to locals.
The man was eventually arrested at 10.30am by police wearing body armour and brandishing military-style assault rifles.
The arrest sparked search warrant raids on that home and at another address in nearby Mayfield.
It came after the State Crime Command set up Strike Force Kulla to investigate three alleged armed robberies on a series of pubs in Newcastle over the past five weeks.
A spokesman said the man has been taken to Newcastle Police Station, where he had been charged with two counts of robbery armed with an offensive weapon and robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon.
‘Upon police arrival, a 29-year-old man allegedly refused to leave the home and a police operation commenced,’ said the spokesman.
‘Crews from Fire and Rescue NSW attended following reports of a small fire inside the home, however were not required.
‘Specialist officers, including negotiators, attended the scene before the man was arrested without incident about 10.30am.
‘A search warrant was subsequently executed at the Hamilton home, and a second at a home on Scholey Street, Mayfield – where officers seized a number of items for further forensic examination.’