Man lit fires, threatened cops, assaulted man with machete
UPDATE 6am: A BYFIELD man is on the run from police after allegedly lighting fires in bushland near a camp site and threatening to shoot or stab any approaching police.
Police were still searching last night for the wanted man, aged in his 50s, who also used a machete to attack a Byfield resident in his own home in the early hours.
The wanted man is accused of lighting fires near a camp ground at Waterpark Creek at Byfield before threatening to kill emergency service workers.
After fleeing the scene, he later assaulted a man in his Byfield home with a machete before stealing a Toyota ute from the property.
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said firefighters who attended the camp site were confronted by a man who continued to light fires while they were trying to extinguish them.
"That's when he made threats to shoot and stab any police that turned up," he said. "And that's when fire services withdrew for their own safety."
Det Insp Shadlow said QFES believed the man may have been influenced by drugs or alcohol.
He said firefighters called police who identified the man as he was driving away from the area.
Det Insp Shadlow said police tried to intercept a green coloured Toyota Starlet hatchback allegedly driven by the man, who was travelling on the wrong side of the road at excessive speed.
Due to the dangerous manner the vehicle was being driven, police were forced to withdraw from their pursuit of the vehicle.
The hatchback was later found by police sitting in the middle of the road on Byfield Rd near the Richters Rd intersection.
Det Insp Shadlow said that at about 2am, the man entered a Byfield home armed with a machete and assaulted the male occupant after a dispute.
The two men were known to each other.
Det Insp Shadlow said the victim suffered a cut to his hand from the machete and was punched by his attacker. He said the victim managed to flee from the house and hide in bushes until daylight.
Det Insp Shadlow said the victim went back to the house when he noticed his Toyota Hilux had been stolen and called police.
Police searched the Byfield area until about 1.30pm yesterday but were unable to locate the wanted man.
It is believed the wanted man (pictured) knows the Byfield area and surrounding bushland well.
Det Insp Shadlow said the man had recently lost his home and was believed to have "visited" a number of properties.
The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 50s, with short hair.
He may be travelling in a 2004 Toyota Hilux utility with Queensland registration plates 727-SJQ.
Anyone who sees the man should not approach him and instead call Triple Zero (000).
MONDAY, 2pm: A STATEWIDE manhunt is underway after for a man alleged to have committed an assault, arson, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and stealing a car overnight on the Capricorn Coast.
The wanted man allegedly lit fires near a camp ground at Waterpark Creek, Byfield, before threatening to kill emergency services and fleeing the scene.
It's alleged he later assaulted a man in his Byfield home with a machete before stealing a Toyota ute from the property.
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said police tried to intercept a green coloured Toyota Starlet hatchback allegedly driven by the wanted man, which was travelling on the wrong side of the road at excessive speed.
Due to the high speed, police decided not to pursue the vehicle.
Det Ins Shadlow said about 2am, the man attended a Byfield address armed with a machete and assaulted the male occupant.
He said the victim managed to flee the house and hid in bushes until daylight.
Det Ins Shadlow said the victim later made their way back to the house, noticed his Toyota Hilux had been stolen and called police.
The wanted man is described as Caucasian, aged in his 50s with short hair.
Police carried out searches in the Byfield area up until 1.30pm today.
He may be travelling in a 2004 Toyota Hilux utility with Queensland registration plates 727-SJQ (similar to pictured).
Anyone who sees the man should not approach him and should instead contact Triple Zero (000).
7.45am: POLICE are investigating a fire that broke out on the Capricorn Coast yesterday afternoon with reports two people were "armed and dangerous" in the area.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services stated crews were called to Waterpark Rd, Byfield around 5.50pm Sunday afternoon to a large fire.
One crew attended the fire but did not leave until around 10.40pm.
A spokesperson from QFES said the fire investigation was handed over to Queensland Police Service.
QPS are investigating the fire with reports there was "heavy police presence" in the area last night.
Queensland Ambulance Service were also on scene as a precaution.
QPS has been approached for comment. More to come.