Operation Roam prompts public to report Queensland fugitive living openly in WA town.
Wanted Queensland man found in WA town
One of Australia’s wanted fugitives was living openly in a WA town after fleeing Queensland over an allegation of a violent home invasion almost a decade ago.
Troy Newton, 38, immersed himself in the Bremer Bay community under the name he used when he and an accomplice allegedly armed themselves with a gun and knife to confront residents at a Sunshine Coast home in 2006.
Mr Newton’s picture and details of his alleged crime were released to media in a bid to track down 20 fugitives, as part of Crime Stoppers Operation Roam, and the public responded by alerting police to his whereabouts.
He told detectives he planned to hand himself in because of the publicity but was arrested at his home before he could.
He told them he had turned his life around after a battle with substance abuse and was a law-abiding worker and new father.
Bremer Bay residents said they were shocked about the allegations.
They said Mr Newton moved to the town with his partner to be near some of her family and they had a son.
Members at Bremer Bay Sports Club, where Mr Newton was a chef over the summer, said he was popular and a good worker.
Queensland Police say Mr Newton’s DNA and blood was found at the Sunshine Coast home after the break-in in December 2006.
They allege the intruders did not know the two men and a woman at the home and that Mr Newton pointed a gun at them, but one fought back, hitting them with a baseball bat. As part of Operation Roam, police in Queensland also found a rapist who allegedly breached parole.