THE LATEST: Benaraby stabbing suspect arrested

Benaraby stabbing victim Dean Robertson. Photo: Facebook.
Benaraby stabbing victim Dean Robertson. Photo: Facebook.


POLICE confirmed a 26-year old West Gladstone man was arrested around 10am this morning in connection to the Benaraby stabbing incident.

The man is currently assisting police and is yet to be charged.

He will likely be charged tonight and face court on Monday.  


THE man police were looking for in connection to the Benaraby stabbing appears to have been picked up by police this morning around 9.30am, although police haven't yet confirmed that.

The owner of Benaraby's MJs Retro and Vintage Wares, Martin Heydon, said he saw two police arrest a man out the front of his shop on the Bruce Hwy who matched the description of the 26-year old man police were interested in.

"I'd just been reading the paper and when the man came in I thought he looked familiar," Mr Heydon said.

"He looked exactly like the picture in the paper except that he's now got a tattoo on his cheek.

"He came in and tried to buy a bottle of water but he had no money and his card was declined," he said.

Mr Heydon said the man then said "fair enough" and put the bottle of water back and walked out the front and sat on the verandah.

"He sat there for a bit and then police came out of nowhere and wrestled him to the ground," he said.

"There was a tug-o-war and the cops twisted his arm up his back and threw the cuffs on him."

Mr Heydon said the man went into the back of a police van calmly.

"He looked pretty thirsty and his hair was sticking up all over the joint," he said.

"By the look of him he seemed glad not to be on the run anymore."

At this stage police aren't saying if the man captured by police is connected to the Benaraby stabbing.

UPDATE Earlier Saturday morning:

AS OF 8am this morning police are still looking for the man responsible for stabbing Dean Robertson.

Police would not release the name of the man they are looking for. 


THE man responsible for stabbing Dean Robertson in Benaraby at the Boyne River Tourist Park is still wanted by police.

Mr Robertson, a 30-year-old from Benaraby, was stabbed in the back with a knife after a fight broke out at the caravan park he was living at after 1am.

Injured from a stab wound, Mr Robertson drove himself to the Caltex service station on the Bruce Hwy where he was able to get help.

He was transported to Gladstone Base Hospital and later released.

He wrote on Facebook that he was "only in the hospital for a couple of hours".

A neighbour at the caravan park said he heard an argument between two men at 1am.

"I keep to myself around here but I was woken up around 1(am) when I heard shouting," he said.

"I didn't think it was much so I just went back to bed.

"It's surprising because it's usually really quiet around here."

He said he believed some men had been drinking prior to an argument.

Another resident at the caravan park said she saw the flashing lights of a police car at 1.15am.

"I saw the lights but couldn't hear anything because I had my headphones in," she said. "I think only one of the men lives here."

Workers at the Caltex service station on the Bruce Hwy in Benaraby said they were closed at the time the man called for help.

"Police looked through the CCTV and we couldn't see anything," a worker said.

Mr Robertson provided police with a statement yesterday afternoon which was followed by police releasing the photo of a 26-year-old man they said they wanted to speak to in connection to the incident.

Police arrested Conlan James 'CJ' Kapay after the stabbing incident at a caravan park on December 4.
Police arrested Conlan James 'CJ' Kapay after the stabbing incident at a caravan park on December 4. Declan Cooley

Police said the man was heavily built, approximately 175cm tall and has blue eyes and brown hair and should not be approached.

It appears Mr Robertson knew the person who stabbed him, writing on his Facebook page: "The lad's living off charity and doesn't have two cents to bang together so hopefully he's not far away".

Several hours after the incident Mr Robertson wrote: "I'm fine, very lucky compared to the young guy in Gladstone. It's been a crazy night."

Police are urging members of the public to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 if they see him.

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