A SERT officer on standby. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)
A SERT officer on standby. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)

How police found fugitive at Coast apartment

A SHOCKED resident has claimed an old friend paying a visit brought wanted man Zlatko Sikorsky into his unit complex before the Sunshine Coast siege broke out.

A man - who wished to be identified only as Joe - has claimed a friend he hadn't seen in about 18 months asked to visit and brought a friend over, a man Joe now realises was a wanted fugitive.

Zlatko Sikorsky.
Zlatko Sikorsky.

Joe told The Sunday Mail a friend messaged him wanting to catch up, which Joe agreed and invited him to his Alexandra Headlands unit where he showed up with Zlatko Sikorsky.

Larissa Beilby.
Larissa Beilby.

"He seemed cool and calm, he wasn't an angry bloke," Joe said about Sikorsky.

"He fell asleep on the couch while I did my washing and my ex partner showed up with the kids and we had a little argument which woke him up, and apparently the managers come up to the door obviously hearing the argument but he (Zlatko) answered the door to the manager and the manger obviously put two and two together and recognised who he was."

Police at the scene of a siege operation at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)
Police at the scene of a siege operation at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)

Joe said after the argument his ex partner and kids left, and about 10-15 minutes later Joe also left to go to the shops.

"I walked out leaving everything inside because I didn't see a problem with him," he said.

"I left the apartment complex and that's when all the police arrived, I didn't know what was going on, when I came back from the shop I wasn't allowed back in.

My ex partner came and picked me up and showed me some footage of what's been going on in the last few days and I was completely in shock, I had no idea."

Joe said he has tried to contact his friend who bought Sikorsky over, but cannot reach him.

"I have tried several times, but he's non existent you could say," he said.

Sikorsky is showing no sign of surrendering to police, who have just had a shift changeover after the siege reaches its 20th hour.

Joe is still unable to access his unit block, and has spoken with police.