Police update 1: Charges, Sunnybank and Macgregor incidents

A 56-year-old Sunnybank man has been charged at a bedside hearing this afternoon following incidents on Brisbane’s southside yesterday morning.

The man has been charged with assaults occasioning bodily harm, attempted unlawful entry of a vehicle for committing an indictable offence, dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, driver failing to remain at incident and render assistance, driving without a licence, endangering particular property by fire, robbery, four charges of serious assault of a police officer, and two charges of unlawful entry of a vehicle for committing indictable offence.

The man was remanded to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 29.

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A 56-year-old Sunnybank man remains under police guard in a Brisbane hospital following two incidents on Brisbane’s southside on Sunday morning, June 23.

It will be alleged at around 9am a 40-year-old woman was clipped by a car as it entered a service station at the intersection of Mains Road and Turton Street at Sunnybank.

The male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle then entered the office/shop area where he threatened staff before stealing a small quantity of tobacco products.

The man then allegedly poured petrol from a bowser onto the ground, lighting it before speeding off.

Staff extinguished the small fire and police were called.

The female pedestrian was transported to hospital for assessment.

Around 9.15am the same vehicle was travelling along Mains Road at MacGregor when it allegedly slammed into the rear of a car stationary at a set of lights.

The man exited his vehicle and confronted the two occupants of the car, the 73-year-old male driver and his 69-old wife, both from Parkinson, who had exited their vehicle.

The man briefly entered their car but was unable to start it. He then ran over to another stationary vehicle, driven by a 26-year-old Boronia Heights man, however he was unable to gain entry as the doors were locked.

He then ran over to a van, which had been driven by a 78-year-old Stretton man, who had stopped to help the Parkinson couple.

He jumped into the driver’s seat however was unable to drive off as the 78-year-old and 73-year-old men pulled him from the van.

Police arrived and following a violent struggle the man was arrested.

He was transported to hospital for assessment.

Investigations by detectives from Upper Mount Gravatt Criminal Investigation Branch are continuing.

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