Castle Hill man arrested over attempted child abductions

A 49-year-old Castle Hill man has been charged with kidnapping and several other offences after two attempted child abductions.

He was arrested over two incidents involving girls on Sydney’s North Shore.

Strike Force Middural was formed by detectives from State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad and Kuring Gai police to investigate two incidents involving a six-year-old girl at South Turramurra and a 14-year-old girl at Westleigh.

Watch raw video of the arrest, provided by Police Media below:

In the first incident, police will allege the six-year-old girl was grabbed by a man as she rode her scooter at the Canoon Road Netball Courts, South Turramurra, on the afternoon of Thursday, February 23.

Several onlookers came to the girl’s assistance and the man fled into nearby bushland.

In the second incident, police will allege the 14-year-old girl was approached by a man as she walked across a footbridge near the Benowie Walking Track and Great Northern Walk, Westleigh, just before 3pm on Thursday April 26.

The man put his hands around the teenager’s throat and threatened her with a knife before pushing her backwards towards a side track near the bridge.

He continued to threaten the girl before she fell to the ground.

As some people walked nearby, the girl managed to run away and raise the alarm.

Following exhaustive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 49-year-old man at a Castle Hill house just before 7pm yesterday, Sunday, July 15.

He was taken to Castle Hill Police Station for questioning before being charged with:

  • Take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage (two counts);

  • Take/detain child with intent to remove from parental control; and

  • Being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He’s been refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today Monday, July 16.

Commander of the Sex Crimes Squad, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, praised Strike Force Middural detectives for last night’s arrest.

“This was an exhaustive investigation by dedicated detectives with a commendable result,” Detective Superintendent Kerlatec said.

“But I would also like to extend that praise to the community for their assistance with this investigation.

“Police made numerous appeals to the public whilst investigating these matters, and I applaud those many people who came forward to assist us with information.

“The eyes and ears of the community are an integral part of investigative policing.”

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