Residents at an outstation in Barkly chased and held a 35-year-old man who ran off into nearby bushland after allegedly hitting a woman in the head with an “edged weapon” that caused serious head trauma, NT police said.
A heated argument allegedly started between the 35-year-old female victim and male on Tuesday night when the man lost his temper and struck the woman to her head, NT Police said.
Police did not mention how the woman and man are known to each other.
An “edged object” was allegedly used during the assault.
Authorities said the victim sustained a serious head injury and was transported to the Tennant Creek Hospital before being medivaced to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
NT Police did not provide information on the condition of the woman.
Community residents looked for the offender, who had fled into nearby bushland, and held him until police arrived.
He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Tennant Creek Watch House, police said.
Tennant Creek Investigations Unit said they are conducting public inquiries in relation to this incident and charges are expected to be laid.