Arrests – Attempted robbery – Alice Springs

Source: Northern Territory Police

Members of Strike Force Viper have arrested two female youths for assaulting and attempting to steal from a woman in Alice Springs on Wednesday.

It is alleged just after 5pm on Wednesday, the two youths approached a 54 year old woman from behind and grabbed the woman’s handbag.

The woman held onto the bag and was dragged to the ground and physically assaulted by the pair, who fled the area after multiple witnesses intervened.

The woman was transported to hospital for treatment where she was later released.

Investigations by Strike Force Viper identified the two offenders who were arrested and charged late yesterday.

The pair, both aged 15, will appear before court each charged with two counts each of Assault with intent to steal and two counts of Serious breach of bail.

Charges – Unlawful entry – Darwin City

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have charged a 24-year-old male following an unlawful entry that took place in Darwin City earlier this morning.

At about 1:40am, police received a report of an unknown male attempting to allegedly break in to a complex on Buffalo Court.

It is alleged that the male has entered from the underground carpark area of the complex, damaging a door before entering a ground floor office. The occupant has heard the male entering and confronted him before the unknown male has fled the scene.

The Dog Operations Unit was deployed and located the male nearby, where he was arrested by police. The male was believed to be heavily intoxicated on a psychotropic substance and was found in possession of an illicit substance.

Strike Force Trident detectives have charged him with:

  • unlawful entry – building x 2
  • attempt unlawful entry – building
  • damage to property
  • trespass on premises
  • possess schedule 1 drug – traffickable quantity

The male will appear in court at a later date.

Call for information – Serious harm – Jabiru

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police are calling for further information after they arrested a man yesterday in relation to a serious incident in Jabiru.

At around 2am yesterday morning, three males were observed entering a caravan park on Jabiru Drive. Two of the males left a short time later.

A 19-year-old male allegedly entered a caravan and assaulted a 30-year-old female before fleeing the scene.

He then allegedly assaulted a 59-year-old female nearby. She required transport to Royal Darwin Hospital.

Jabiru police arrested the male on scene a short time after the incident.

He is still being interviewed and detectives from the Katherine Criminal Investigation Branch expect to lay charges later today.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Lawson said, “This incident is still under investigation and we have received multiple reports of thefts from residents in the caravan park. We are asking anyone who saw a white Ford sedan or any suspicious activity in the area to come forward”.

Police are calling on anyone with information to contact 131 444. You can make an anonymous report through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

Charges – Sexual assault – Katherine region

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have arrested a man for an alleged sexual assault on a family member.

Police received a report yesterday from the victim claiming a relative had assaulted her that morning.

The alleged offender was located and arrested shortly afterwards in a community in the Katherine region.

The 54-year-old man was charged with Sexual intercourse without consent and remanded in custody to appear in Katherine Local Court today.

Death – Tiwi Islands

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police are investigating the death of a 32-year-old male at Wurrumiyanga this afternoon. 

The deceased male was found at the front of his residence by a family member at around 1.30pm.

A crime scene has been established.

 A team of detectives and crime scene investigators have travelled to the island.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 131 444. If you don’t want to give your name, you can report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Please quote reference number 9794742.

Marine rescues – East Arnhem and Tiwi Islands

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have completed two marine rescues within 24 hours.

On Tuesday evening at about 6:45pm, Water Police were advised of a distress call from a commercial fishing boat in Arnhem Bay. A woman on board had suffered a medical episode before the skipper loaded her into a tender and departed for Nhulunbuy. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority Response Centre (ARC) deployed the Challenger from Cairns and Water Police requested local Nhulunbuy Police respond with a St John Ambulance paramedic on board to intercept the tender around the Cape Wilberforce area.

Senior Constable First Class Wade Marshall said, “Although we couldn’t communicate with the tender it was fitted with a ‘Vessel Monitoring System’ so it was possible for us to track its route.”

Nhulunbuy Police reached them just after midnight where the paramedic was able to assess the patient before she was conveyed to Gove District Hospital for assessment and discharged later that morning.

In the second incident, at 11:40am yesterday Water Police responded to an EPIRB activation off the coast of Melville Island, 120km from Darwin. The ARC tasked a CareFlight helicopter and a commercial vessel in the area to attend the location and provide an assessment. On confirming the vessel had experienced a mechanical failure, Water Police towed the boat back to Darwin, arriving safely around 6:30pm.

Senior Sergeant Andrew Hocking said, “Anything can go wrong on the water, and it’s important to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Make sure you have an EPIRB and that it is correctly registered. Stay in communication if possible and help will come. These incidents show how many agencies and private vessels work together in responding to mariners in distress, and my thanks to everyone involved.”

COVID-19 – Infringements – Darwin Airport

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have issued six infringements to travellers entering the NT from hotspots without the necessary prior approval.

Members from Operation Crown met a flight from Sydney and another from Melbourne yesterday around lunchtime to process passengers. Five passengers on the Melbourne flight and one on the Sydney flight were deemed unauthorised entries.

Reasons given for travel included ‘holiday’ and’ transiting to another state for work purposes’. Others failed to declare they had been in hotspots in the preceding days.

They have been accommodated in Howard Springs while awaiting return flights to NSW and Victoria.

Incident Controller Acting Commander Hege Burns said, “Six people are out of pocket because they arrived without the necessary prior approvals. I urge Territorians who have friends, business associates or family interstate who are thinking of travelling from a hotspot to the Territory to check the NT Coronavirus website prior to travelling for the latest updates.  We will continue to turn people around at our borders in order to keep all Territorians safe as well as issue infringement notices to anyone who are found to have breached the Chief Health Officer’s directions.”

The penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environment Health Act 2011 is $5024 for an individual (32 penalty units) and $25,120 for a business (160 penalty units).

Anyone intending to enter the NT is reminded to check the restrictions on before travelling.

Concern for welfare – Buffalo Creek

Source: Northern Territory Police

UPDATE 11:45am 16/09/2021: Mr Bown has been located and police no longer hold concerns for his welfare.

Northern Territory Police are calling for information as to the safety and whereabouts of James Bown.

The 52-year-old was last seen on Monday morning, 13 September, driving a mobility scooter at Buffalo Creek.

Mr Bown is described as Caucasian, 185cm, with tanned skin, a heavy build, grey hair and a tattoo on his arm. He also has casts on both his feet. He was wearing a light brown fishing shirt with brown shorts.

Police are urging anyone with information on Mr Bown’s whereabouts to make contact on 131 444.

COVID-19 – Notices to Appear issued

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police today issued seven women with Notices to Appear for providing misleading information.

The seven women, all in their 20s and all travelling from Victoria, were initially granted approval to enter the Territory and undertake quarantine before taking up employment offers.

Incident Controller Acting Commander Hege Burns said, “Further investigation revealed these women had all provided misleading information about their supposed employment, and their approvals were revoked before they left Victoria”.

“When the regional Victoria hotspot was lifted, the women travelled to the NT where they were identified by police and each issued a Notice to Appear in Darwin Local Court on 13 October.”

Aggravated assault – Barkly region

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have arrested a man in relation to an aggravated assault incident in which a woman suffered a head injury, in the Barkly region overnight.

The man and woman, both aged 35, were at an outstation when an argument broke out and the man allegedly struck the woman to the back of the head with an edged object.

The woman sustained a serious head injury, and was transported to the Tennant Creek Hospital before being medivaced to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Community residents located the man, who had fled into nearby bushland, and held him until police arrived where he subsequently arrested and transported to the Tennant Creek Watch House.

Tennant Creek Investigations Unit are conducting inquiries in relation to this incident with charges expected to be laid later today.