Knife-wielding teenager terrorises care workers
Two staff at Rosewood's Cabanda Care aged care facility were held at knife point by a teenage girl on Sunday night. Claudia Baxter
TWO staff at an aged care facility were held at knife point during a violent rampage through the streets of Rosewood.
A 14-year-old girl was charged with attempted murder after she held a knife against the throat of one staff member, and slashed another causing minor cuts at the Cabanda Care nursing home on Sunday night.
A series of dangerous storms passed through at around 11pm on Sunday night, cutting power to the facility. The power loss triggered the fire alarm, which automatically opened the facility's electronic sliding doors, giving the teen the chance to enter the home.
Prior to confronting the staff, it is alleged the teen smashed a window at Rosewood State High School on two occasions - once on Sunday night and on Christmas morning.
She was arrested by police within minutes of running from the facility and confronting another two staff with the knife.
Ipswich District inspector Keith McDonald said the staff confronted by the knife-wielding teen were not physically injured but were traumatised by the incident.
"They were very traumatised by what happened. Obviously you don't expect that in a retirement village and obviously their primary focus was on the residents," he said.
Cabanda chairman Lyall McEwin said counselling was being sought for the staff involved.
No residents were threatened by the teen.
"The main thing is we were obviously concerned about the safety and welfare of the staff and the residents that were involved," he said.
The teen was also charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed, deprivation of liberty, enter dwelling with intent by break at night, enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence, serious assault police, trespass, two counts of wilful damage and three counts of common assault.