Police will allege the man broke into a unit on Kennedy Drive in the early hours of Sunday 2 October 2016, before waking and sexually assaulting a 78-year-old woman, NSW Police say.
The woman was able to force the man out of her residence, but not before he stole several items of jewellery.
Police from Tweed Heads Local Area Command were alerted to the incident and commenced investigations.
About 10.30am today, detectives attended a unit on Kennedy Drive and arrested a 27-year-old man.
He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with several offences including:
– Aggravated break and enter and commit sexual assault;
– Aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence;
– Possess prohibited drug;
– Custody of knife in public place; and
– Take & drive conveyance.
The man was refused bail to appear before Byron Bay Local Court tomorrow.