A man will appear in court today charged as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged kidnapping and assault of a man on the Central Coast earlier this year.
About midnight on Saturday 12 February 2022, a 23-year-old man was walking near the intersection of Havenview and Hillcrest streets, Terrigal, when a black utility stopped beside him and four males exited the vehicle.
The man was assaulted before he was dragged into the vehicle and threatened with a knife and baton, sustaining a cut to his hand and ear and fractures to his face.
The man was then driven to a car park at Crackneck lookout where the males removed some clothing and jewellery, then leaving him on the side of the road.
A short time later, the males returned and further assaulted the man before he was dropped off near Hillcrest Street.
About 3.20am, the man was driven by family members to Gosford Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Officers attached to Brisbane Water Police District were notified and commenced an investigation under Strike Force Dernancourt.
Following inquiries, strike force investigators, with assistance from the Raptor Squad, arrested a 29-year-old man at a home in Barnsley today (Wednesday 22 June 2022), just before 8am.
He was taken to Toronto Police Station and charged with kidnap in company with intent serious indictable offence occasion actual bodily harm and robbery armed with offensive weapon.
The man was refused bail to appear before Toronto Local Court today.
Investigations under Strike Force Dernancourt continue.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.