A METFORD man has been charged with multiple offences after a police operation that began in Thornton and stretched over days.
Police were called to Pepler Place about 12.45pm on Thursday amid concern for the welfare of residents inside a home.
It is alleged a man was outside the property with a gun before he began to pour petrol over the front door and threatened to light a fire.
He ran from police, jumping over a back fence and dashing into bushland.
Port Stephens Hunter Police District officers began a search that included PolAir and the dog unit, scouring bushland and numerous residences.
They were unable to find the man.
Following extensive inquiries, they arrested a 27-year-old man at a Cassia Way property at Metford about 9.45pm on Friday evening.
The man was taken to Maitland police station and charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (personal), armed with intent to commit indictable offence, possess unauthorised firearm, and in relation to an outstanding arrest warrant.
He was refused bail to face court on Saturday.
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