Wanted man swims the width of Tweed River

POLICE have staged a dramatic arrest of a man wanted for allegedly stabbing another man.

The man was arrested after he swam across the width of the Tweed River in Murwillumbah to escape witnesses to the alleged incident.

On Friday at about 5.30pm, the 42-year-old is alleged to have attacked the man on the riverbank of Commercial Rd, causing lacerations to the victim's shoulder and arm.

Tweed Byron LAC Inspector Greg Jago said witnesses, who are believed to know the accused, confronted him over the alleged attack.

"He was wrestling with the witnesses and as a result he's ended up in the river," Inspector Jago said.

"He then swam to the other side.

"The same witnesses again confronted him on the other side of the river.

"Police arrived shortly after and he was arrested as he exited the river."

He was taken into custody, charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was due to appear at Tweed Heads Court on Monday for a bail hearing.

The stabbing victim was rushed to hospital.

"Investigations are still continuing into the incident," Insp Jago said.

"A brief of evidence will be prepared by Tweed Byron LAC."



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