A wanted man kept police at bay for eight hours during an armed siege in Brisbane, barricading himself in a property with a weapon before his surrender, police allege.
Bernard John Matthews was allegedly wanted over several violent incidents across the city’s north when he was tracked to an address in Nundah on Sunday.
The 33-year-old allegedly barricaded himself inside a house while armed, sparking the hours-long siege.
TV footage throughout the day captured armed police swarming the neighbourhood as the alleged incident continued well into the night.
The heavily tattooed Mr Matthews, who is also known by his nickname “Couchy”, was not brought before Brisbane Arrests Court on Tuesday when his matter was briefly mentioned.
Mr Matthews is facing multiple charges, including two counts of stealing and one count each of serious assault of a police officer, dangerous conduct with a weapon, unlawful possession of weapons, authority required to possess explosives (ammunition), robbery in company and wilful damage.
Lawyer Phoebe Mactaggart did not make a bail application for her client during her appearance.
The court was told Mr Matthews, from Zillmere, was on a return to prison warrant.
“He currently has 13 charges before the court,” she said.
Ms Mactaggart asked for a bundle of 11 charges to be adjourned to Brisbane Magistrate Court’s committal callover court on August 23.
A second bundle of two charges – Mr Matthews’ robbery and wilful damage offences – were adjourned to August 28.
Police allege Mr Matthews barricaded himself inside the Nundah home about 2pm on Sunday, arming himself with a gun.
He surrendered just after midnight and was taken into custody. No one was injured.
It is alleged a gun was located inside the property a short time later.
At the time, Mr Matthews was wanted by police over several alleged violent incidents, including one where police allege he pointed a firearm at a couple at an ATM in Virginia last month.
He is also alleged to have tried to rob a person at gunpoint in Northgate just a week ago.
Police had issued a warning he was considered “armed and dangerous” and warned members of the public not to approach.