A man who allegedly assaulted a young girl in her bedroom in Woodroffe while she slept in the early hours of Thursday morning has been arrested, NT Police said.
Authorities said around 3am, the girl woke her mother to inform her that a man had been in her room and had assaulted her.
The mother told police that the intruder had immediately fled the premises.
She immediately called police after her daughter alerted her of the assault.
The nature of the assault or if the girl sustained any injuries was not disclosed by police.
The man had been on the run for hours.
NT Police said the offender was apprehended at an address in Palmerston later in the day and is currently undergoing questioning.
He is expected to be charged later today. Details on the charges are still unknown.
Detective Superintendent Mark Malorgorski, who earlier publicly appealed for any leads about the offender, thanked the public for their assistance.
NT Police’s media unit came under fire for not reporting sexual assaults earlier this year.
In March, a registered sex offender was caught outside a little girl’s bedroom in the northern suburbs with a “rape kit” after he had been in the girl’s room on several occasions to sexually assault her – including one night when he hid behind the bedroom door while the child’s father had checked on her. Police did not notify the public about that incident, until the NT Independent made it public.
In April, police revealed that a 14-year-old male who was alleged to be on drugs broke into a 12-year-old girl’s room in Bakewell but did not harm the girl.