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ACT man charged following farm home invasion

Police have charged a 23-year-old ACT man after a terrifying home invasion at a Bywong farm in mid-September.

The man appeared in Queanbeyan Local Court on Friday on charges of aggravated break, enter and steal, and detain for advantage.

Traffic halted: Police road blocks after the Bywong home invasion in September.
Traffic halted: Police road blocks after the Bywong home invasion in September. Photo: Jamila Toderas

He was refused bail and will appear again in court on November 7.

The man allegedly held up a 74-year-old woman and her 76-year-old husband with a knife and hammer on September 14.

He allegedly demanded keys to their gun safe and stole a .22 rifle and a shotgun with ammunition from the safe before fleeing.

NSW police blocked Bungendore Road to traffic for most of the day as they hunted the man.


ACT Policing searched an ACT home on September 23 and found the firearms and ammunition from the scene.

Police arrested the man on October 1 at a house in Griffith.

He was charged and appeared at ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday and was extradited to NSW.

A NSW Police spokesman said in September that the home invasion was being treated as a "targeted incident" by detectives.

The neighbour who called the police said the couple were first alarmed when their dog became agitated outside the home.

Police described the man as Caucasian, between 170-180 centimetres tall with a skinny build and short black hair.

At the time of the attack he was wearing all black with pink socks and no shoes.