Father accused of sex assault

Family escapes house after alleged sexual assault in Victoria on Friday

A 31-year-old father tried to escape police after a member of his family called police about a sexual assault with a gun.

The incident happened in the 3000-block of Jutland Rd. on Friday at about 2:30 p.m..

Once the mother and her two children were safely with police, the Emergency Response Team surrounded the house.

“He tried to escape from the balcony, but was immediately apprehended after a short struggle,” said VicPD spokesman Const. Mike Russell. Officers fired a flying baton, a class of less-than-lethal ammo. The suspect was treated for a minor cut.

With a search warrant on the home, police seized seven firearms, two bows and arrows, nearly 200 bullets and several knives. Officers are investigating whether any of the firearms are prohibited, and are recommending four charges: possession of a firearm, pointing a firearm, sexual assault with a weapon, and uttering threats.

Police said the family was not injured.

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