Man accused of home invasion while pretending to be a cop

A BALLINA man charged with assault and impersonating a police officer during a violent home invasion remains behind bars.

About 9pm on Wednesday a 65-year-old woman answered a knock at the door of her Crane St unit at Ballina and was allegedly confronted by 26-year-old Brayden Hardy, who claimed to be a police officer investigating a murder.

When the 65-year-old woman came outside as Hardy requested, it is alleged he held her hands behind her back and led her to a neighbouring unit but the screen door was locked.

Police allege Hardy forced entry to the unit and assaulted a 37-year-old man, before telling him and the woman, as well as a 28-year-old man, that they weren't allowed to leave the unit.

Ballina police were called by a neighbour and when they arrived Hardy struggled with officers, who were forced to use capsicum spray to subdue him.

Hardy was taken to Ballina police station where he was refused bail on charges including impersonating a police officer and aggravated enter dwelling with intent.

Topics:  ballina crime home invasion

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