Police charge man after woman kidnapped, thrown down embankment – Snowy Mountains

A man will face court today charged after a woman was allegedly kidnapped and assaulted in the Snowy Mountains earlier this week.

About 3.30pm on Tuesday (2 February 2021), police were called to the Snowy Mountains Highway at Talbingo, following reports a woman had been thrown down an embankment.

Officers from Riverina Police District attended and performed a vertical rescue with the assistance of the NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Ambulance paramedics.

A 75-year-old woman was retrieved safely. She sustained bruising to her face and deep lacerations to her arms and legs and was taken to Wagga Wagga Hospital for treatment.

Following inquiries, detectives attended a home on Elizabeth Avenue, Talbingo, about 5.45pm yesterday (Thursday 4 February 2021), and arrested a 54-year-old man, hiding under the bed.

He was taken to Tumut Police Station and charged with kidnap with intent commit serious indictable offence occasion actual bodily harm (DV), assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV), destroy or damage property (DV), and drive with suspended licence.

Police will allege in court that the man was involved in an altercation with the woman, who is known to him, before dragging her to his car and driving along the Snowy Mountains Highway towards Talbingo mountain where she was forced out of the vehicle and down a four metre embankment.

The man has been refused bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Friday 5 February 2021).

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