UPDATE THURSDAY 2PM: POLICE have released the image of a man who may be able to assist with their enquiries after a man was stabbed in Benaraby on February 2.
Around 4.40pm, a man residing at a house on the Bruce Highway came home and found a man inside his house.
An altercation took place and the 55-year-old resident suffered stab wounds to his hands, shoulder and head.
He was taken to Gladstone Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The man involved then fled the scene and headed south on the Bruce Highway in a vehicle which he stole from a Victoria Parade address in Rockhampton at about 3pm that day.
The utility was then involved in crash with a police vehicle around 7.30pm before the man fled on foot between Childers and Appletree Creek.
Extensive searches have failed to locate the man, and investigators believe the man pictured may be able to assist them with their enquiries.
He is described as Caucasian in appearance with a proportionate build and around 175cm tall. He was wearing a dark blue or dark grey singlet and shorts.
Police are asking anyone who sees the man to contact them immediately and not approach him.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.
Wednesday night: Police are searching for a man who stole a vehicle from Rockhampton, broke into a Benaraby home, stabbed a man and evaded police at Childers yesterday.
The search is still being conducted this morning.
This is what we know so far:
- First car stolen from Townsville and dumped in Rockhampton
- A dark-coloured ute was stolen from Rockhampton CBD yesterday
- The man broke into a home at Benaraby on the Bruce Highway.
- The owner has come home to find a strange vehicle in driveway and door open
- The offender has allegedly stabbed the man multiple times and fled
- The offender was involved with an incident with police at Childers
- The offender has backed into a police car before taking off on foot
Click here to read the latest update on this situation: POLICE officers are trying to work out if the fugitive on the loose --- wanted for a stabbing, car theft, and ramming a police car --- has stolen another car to evade capture.
6.50am: POLICE are investigating after a man was stabbed during the break and enter of a home in Benaraby yesterday afternoon.
Around 4.40pm, a 55-year-old man returned to his home on the Bruce Highway to find another man inside.
The man confronted the intruder and a physical altercation broke out between the pair in which the 55-year-old sustained stab wounds to his hands, shoulder and head.
He was transported to Gladstone Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police believe the offender fled the scene south on the Bruce Highway in a car which had been stolen from Rockhampton earlier in the day.
It appears that this car may have been the same as the one involved in a crash with a police vehicle around 7.30pm.
Police are searching the area between Childers and Appletree Creek for the driver who abandoned his vehicle after it was damaged in the crash.
People living between Childers and Appletree Creek are asked to secure their vehicles and report any suspicious activity to police.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
9.20am: A SPOKESPERSON from the Gladstone Hospital has confirmed the man stabbed in a break and enter gone wrong yesterday has been discharged from hospital.
The spokesperson said the 55-year-old man was discharged yesterday.
9.30am: QUEENSLAND police are on the ground in Childers searching for a man who made his way from Rockhampton to the Childers region, breaking numerous laws on the way.
The man stole a dark-coloured ute from the Rockhampton city area yesterday, before making his way to Benaraby where he broke into a house.
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said the man was interrupted by the owner of the house, and turned violent.
He said about 4.30pm yesterday, the resident returned home to find a strange vehicle in his driveway, his front door was also open.
"Upon entering his residence he was confronted by an unknown male person inside his dwelling… who has then attacked the resident causing a number of lacerations to his head, shoulder and hand," Det Insp Shadlow said.
Police caught up with the man, who is about 175cm with balding hairline, last seen wearing black singlet aged late 30s to early 40s, average build, near Childers.
"It will be alleged that that utility was later located by police near Childers on the highway and that vehicle was then involved in a short incident with police where it has reversed into the police vehicle," Det Insp Shadlow said.
"The offender has then made off into the bushland and the search is still going to locate that male person.
"There is a number of police units including dog squad units that have been there since last night in that area searching for the person, so hopefully we'll get a conclusion to it."
He said police were hoping to find the man today.
"Obviously they are very serious offenses that we're alleging here so we need to get this male off the streets," he said.
UPDATE 10.30PM: A MAN hunt continues in and around the Apple Tree Creek and Childers area for a man driving a stolen car who crashed into police car on Old Creek Rd just off the Bruce Hwy.
Police believe the man first stole a car from Townsville on Tuesday morning before dumping the car in Rockhampton and then stealing another vehicle from Rockhampton CBD and driving to Benaraby where he broke into a home, stabbed a man.
Detectives from Bundaberg, Gladstone and Townsville are working together to find the man.
Police crews are still searching around Apple Tree Creek with an alert issued south to Maryborough.
UPDATE 3:50: POLICE officers are trying to work out if the fugitive on the loose --- wanted for a stabbing, car theft, and ramming a police car --- has stolen another car to evade capture.
Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch detective senior sergeant Luke Peachey said police were currently gathering forensic evidence against the man and continue to actively search.
"One of the things we're looking at is if he has stolen another car or is still on the ground," he said.
He said the man who was stabbed in Benaraby "definitely" did not know the person who stabbed him.
"We would like to speak to a person who we believe could assist us with the investigation but we have been unable to locate them yet," he said.
The Benaraby man has returned home and didn't want to comment until police finished their investigation.
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