Two arrested after woman allegedly held against her will in Newcastle siege
Two people have been arrested and a third is on the run following a major police operation near Newcastle's CBD this morning which forced several streets into lockdown.
About 3.50am police were called to a home on Park Avenue in Kotara following reports a 24-year-old woman was being held against her will.
Police have been told two women – aged 24 and 30 – and two men – aged 29 and 36 – were inside the home before the younger woman managed to escape and call police.
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The two men and the older woman then threatened an 88-year-old male resident, who was asleep at the time.
Specialist units including negotiators and a dog unit established a perimeter with residents told to stay indoors.
The 88-year-old man was able to leave the home uninjured and was taken into police care about 5.50am.
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A 36-year-old man fled the home but was arrested a short time later and taken to a local police station.
A 30-year-old woman was also arrested at the property a short time later.
Both the man and woman are assisting police with their inquiries.
A 29-year-old man escaped the home and remains on the run with officers conducting extensive inquiries to locate him.
An investigation into the circumstances leading up to and during the incident is now underway.
Police have been told the younger woman had been held against her will in the days prior to today's incident.
Adding to the chaos, a truck also hit a tree on nearby Joslin Street, forcing police to extended the road block and causing further traffic congestion in the area.
Anyone with any information with may assist investigators is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.