Police on the State’s Far South Coast have now charged a man over the alleged abduction of a woman from Batemans Bay on Friday afternoon.
Police issued a missing person appeal yesterday morning (11 August) after a 41-year-old woman failed to collect her daughter from child care as arranged the previous afternoon.
Police discovered the woman’s car abandoned at Caseys Beach, south of Batemans Bay, yesterday morning, and a short time later the woman herself was found.
She was taken to Batemans Bay District Hospital where she was checked before released.
An investigation was initiated into the alleged abduction of the woman.
Shortly before 11am today (12 August), a 43-year-old man was arrested on the Kings Highway at Nelligan by officers from the State Protection Support Unit (SPSU).
A replica handgun was seized during a search of the man’s 1994-model Holden Jackaroo 4WD.
The man was taken to Batemans Bay Police Station where he was charged with:
• Take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage (kidnapping);
• Possess unauthorised pistol;
• Possession of knife (three counts);
• Goods in custody suspected of being stolen; and,
• Drive while disqualified.
He was also charged with three outstanding warrants.
The man was refused bail overnight and will appear in Batemans Bay Local Court tomorrow.