Baseball bat used in siege

A WOMAN and her three children were allegedly held captive in their Mount Chalmers home for two hours yesterday.

Police responded to an emergency phone call about 7.30am.

Upon arrival at the property, they were allegedly confronted outside the house by a man, believed to be known to the occupants.

North Rockhampton police Constable Warren Williams said the man was aggressive and threatening towards police.

They had to use capsicum spray after negotiations with him failed.

Constable Williams said a number of police officers tried to restrain the man, who allegedly retaliated, and a scuffle took place.

The man was able to escape and allegedly armed himself with a baseball bat.

Police negotiations continued before the man allegedly became aggressive towards them and a police vehicle was damaged.

More police arrived at the property and the man was eventually disarmed, arrested and taken into custody.

The woman and the children were not hurt during the incident. Police seized the baseball bat and recovered a number of items from the man's vehicle.

It had been parked behind the woman's car, blocking it off. Constable Williams said it would be alleged the occupants of the house were held against their will.

Yesterday afternoon a 42-yearold man was charged with three counts of serious assault on police officers, two counts of possessing a dangerous drug, and one count each of serious obstruction of a police officer, wilful damage of a police vehicle, unlawful possession of a weapon, possessing drug utensils, failing to dispose of a syringe and unlicensed driving.

He will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.

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