Police have found an alleged armed robber hiding behind a fridge and a sheet of plasterboard in an O'Connor home, more than a year after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Brock Douglas Fuller was on Friday extradited from the ACT to front Queanbeyan Local Court. Police warrants said the 25-year-old father was wanted in NSW for a string of offences, including armed robbery and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.
The charges relate to incidents in Dubbo in 2018.
Mr Fuller applied for bail in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday with the hope he might be able to make his own way to Queanbeyan court to "make it right".
He told Magistrate Bernadette Boss: "We moved to the ACT to try and get our life on track.
"Yeah, I've done the wrong most of my life, but I want to do good."
Mr Fuller told Dr Boss he and his family were homeless before they moved to Canberra a few months ago. The first of three warrants for his arrest was issued on July 17, 2019.
Dr Boss considered granting Mr Fuller bail, before prosecutors Kylie Stitt and Julia Epstein said he'd hid from police as recently as Thursday, and could be tempted to run from the law if given the chance.
ACT Policing Senior Constable Matthew Brownlie took the witness stand. He said when officers arrived at the O'Connor address to execute the warrants for Mr Fuller's arrest on Thursday, they were met with "a barrage of abuse and resistance" from the 25-year-old's family.
"We were filmed the whole time," Senior Constable Brownlie said.
Police documents tendered to the court said officers saw Mr Fuller trying to leave the unit via a second-storey balcony when they arrived there on Thursday.
It took a second search of the residence to find him hiding behind a fridge, "attempting to conceal himself further with a large sheet of plasterboard to match the wall".
The court documents said: "The defendant raised his hands and stated, 'Alright, alright, you got me'."
Mr Fuller told the court he hid from police because he'd been brutalised by them before, had scars all over his face because of it, and his children were in the house at the time.
Dr Boss said if it weren't for the circumstances of Mr Fuller's arrest, she would have given him the benefit of the doubt. She ordered his extradition to NSW in the company of police.
On the way out of court, one of Mr Fuller's family members told police officers she'd be charging them for assault and forced entry into the O'Connor premises.