Body-in-Barrel Murder Suspect Surrenders Following 28-hour Standoff
Zlatko Sikorsky, the murder suspect of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a barrel, has been arrested following a 28 hour stand-off with police.
Silkorsky surrendered himself to police at around 6:30pm on Saturday “following a highly complex and lengthy negotiation lasting nearly 28 hours,” Queensland Police said in a statement. He was arrested without incident.
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) June 30, 2018
Sikorsky, had been wanted since Wednesday over the disappearance of 16-year-old Brisbane girl Larissa Beilby.
On Friday at 3:25pm, police created an exclusion zone around the Alexandra Headlands complex where Sikorsky had barricated himself into.
Police created the exclusion zone by blocking off Alex Parade to the north, Mary Street to the west, Mayfield Street to the east and William Street to the south. The exclusion zone was created to ensure public safety.
Emergency declaration for Juan Street while police negotiate with a man at Alexandra Headlands – exclusion zone bounded by Alex Parade to the north, Mary Street to the west, Mayfield Street to the east and William Street to the south. https://t.co/3kJx34Cy3p #alert pic.twitter.com/ag2mQosC7i
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) June 29, 2018
“I want to thank the people of Alexandra Headlands – particularly those living within our exclusion zone – for their patience and assistance during the last 24 hours. It is very much appreciated,” Sunshine Coast District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson said.
“It was important to give our negotiators the time and space to help us resolve this peacefully – and I am relieved that we have been able to take this man into custody without him, any member of the public or any of our officers being hurt.”
Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, Sikorsky fled in a black ute when police came to visit him in the Logan suburb of Buccan, Brisbane Times reported.
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Police then tracked the black ute to a trailer park on Cedar Drive in Stapylton.
A woman at the park was offered $2,000 by Sikorsky to open the gate to allow the vehicle to enter.
The woman agreed to do this out of fear when she saw a barrel in the ute tray and an arm hanging out of it. Police later found the abandoned vehicle, loaded with the barrel that had a decomposed body inside. Sikorsky was then identified by police as a murder suspect.
Both Sikorsky and 16-year-old Beilby pair were known to each other, according to NewsCorp.
A 40-year-old woman, who allegedly brought Sikorsky to the Sunshine Coast, has been charged with accessory to murder, according to Courier Mail. The woman was arrested Friday night and appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Saturday.
Sikorsky has been taken to the Maroochydore Watch House where he faces extensive questioning before charges are laid, according to Courier Mail.
Alan Cheung from The Epoch Times contributed to this report.
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