Why did police take so long to react to king hit call?
QUESTIONS are being asked why it took police almost two hours to apprehend a potentially violent man roaming the busy streets of Caloundra Friday night.
The 31-year-old was allegedly behind the violent attack of radio personality Todd Widdicombe.
The Mix FM host is nursing a large bump behind his left ear after being bashed in the head three times while on air by a person he'd never met.
While Mr Widdicombe brushed off the seriousness of the incident, he and his colleagues were concerned the man escaped long before police arrived at the scene.
If it hadn't been for a colleague photographing the man, he would not have been identified and apprehended.
Station general manager John Williams has confirmed they will be making inquiries into the length of time for a response.
"It was a considerable amount of time (for police to respond) and we will be taking it up directly with police," he said.
Their concern was a potentially dangerous man was roaming the streets and could have hurt someone else.
Police media said it took 44 minutes to arrive at the scene as they were attending a traffic crash "with a higher priority" when the call came in.
A police spokesmanexplained the length of time when a potential violent man was on the run was because there was "no continuation of the offence".
"And information received was the victim had received medical attention and was not suffering any serious
injuries or side effects," he said.
The man was locatednearly two hours after the incident in the "Caloundra CBD area" and was taken in for questioning.
"During conversations with the offender it was discovered he suffered mental health-related issues and as a result was transported to the Nambour Hospital," the spokesman said.
A Channel 7 reporter was filming in the Emergency Department at Nambour on Friday night when the man was brought in.
He required "four police officers to hold him down".
A Nambour Hospital spokeswoman confirmed the man was still in their care, but he was due to be discharged today.
Mr Widdicombe was initially uncertain whether he would press charges as "I only want to do it if it will help him".
However, the seriousness of the situation dawned on him after hearing eye-witness accounts from his colleagues.
Co-host, Sami Muirhead said the man had first
approached her while she was on air, with her eight-week-old baby August only metres away.
"Then I saw him go behind Toddie and the next thing he was hitting him from behind," Ms Muirhead said.
She struggled to hide her emotions as she recounted the moment she saw her on-air best friend being hit in the head.
"He king-hit Todd. He kept on hitting him," Ms Muirhead said.
"I wished I had warned him sooner, but I was so stunned by it."
Mr Widdicombe said police suspect the man assumed he was a federal agent because he had an earpiece in.
Mr Williams said the station would look at increasing security at live outside broadcasts.
Police said the investigation was continuing and the man would be interviewed after being discharged from hospital.