Charges laid over attempted kidnapping – West Wallsend

A man will face court tomorrow after an alleged kidnapping in the Lake Macquarie area.

About 8.15am on Monday 29 April 2019, a 28-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, known to each other, were travelling in a Holden Commodore station wagon to Newcastle.

While at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Northcott Drive, Adamstown Heights, the 28-year-old man allegedly assaulted the woman, then continued driving.

The woman escaped from the car while it was stopped on King Street, Newcastle, and ran to a nearby Court House where police were contacted.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District attended and spoke to the victim, commencing an investigation.

About 8pm, the 26-year-old woman was walking to an address in West Wallsend, when a 28-year-old man in a Holden Commodore, who is known to her, allegedly forced her into the car, travelling to Cessnock.

The man stopped the vehicle believed to be somewhere in Pokolbin preventing the woman from leaving.

They continued to travel to an address in Cessnock, where they remained most of the day. The woman was dropped off at a hotel in Cessnock and contacted police.

Following inquiries, detectives arrested a 28-year-old man at a hotel in Cessnock, about 2.15pm today (Tuesday 30 April 2019).

The man was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with common assault (x2), contravene apprehended violence order (x2), and take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage.

He was refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 1 May 2019).