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Richmond Local Area Command police said the 29-year-old man had several outstanding warrants for traffic and domestic violence offences in Kyogle dating back to 2012 and warrants in for Assault Police in Queensland from 2014.

Police allege the man was living at a property at Loadstone, NSW, two years ago when he became involved in an argument with the elderly property owner. A 46-year-old man was also present at the time, but is yet to be captured by police.

Police said the elderly man was punched in the face a number of times before the then 27-year-old forced his head onto a table and threatened to chop his head off with a machete.

The elderly man was also hit with a wooden stake, and his mobile phone was smashed, with the 27-year-old man saying ‘now you can’t call the police’.

The victim managed to escape and went to hospital where he was treated for significant injuries.

When the victim returned to his property the next day he saw his car had been pushed down a gorge and a large amount of his property had been stolen.

Warrants were issued for the 27-year-old and the 46-year-old after it was discovered they had fled interstate.

Police followed the trail of the 27 year old via several means from Loadstone to South Australia, Western Australia, various towns in the Northern Territory and back to South Australia.

On January 9 detectives from the Richmond LAC and Murray Bridge (South Australia) arrested a now 29-year-old Murray Bridge man for the Loadstone incident and for eight traffic and domestic violence offences committed in Kyogle in 2012.

He has been extradited back to NSW and charged with being armed with intent to commit indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, destroying property, intimidation and affray.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court next week.

Investigations are continuing into the second alleged offender.

Following the arrest, police have issued a warning to anyone thinking they can escape justice by fleeing to another state.

‘Police can and do extradite interstate and overseas warrant offenders,’ Richmond LAC has posted on Facebook.

‘If you have a NSW warrant and live interstate you can hand yourself in at any NSW police station and have the warrant finalised. The alternative is to wait for a knock on your door by NSW police and be extradited.’

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