Murder suspect Scott Allen Miller is “assisting Eden Police with their enquiries” at the Eden Police Station this evening, before being transferred to Batemans Bay Local Court to appear around 9am on Tuesday morning.
Acting Inspector Clifton Scarlett told media on Monday evening that Miller, who was wanted in relation to the death of a woman found naked in Melbourne’s King’s Domain parklands on Saturday morning, was arrested at the Snug Cove wharf precinct around 3.30pm.
Officers were on high alert after reports of Miller being sighted nearby, were received earlier in the day.
VIDEO: Acting Inspector Clifton Scarlett addresses the media at Eden Police Station on Monday evening.
“We received a call earlier today that a male matching this man’s description was sighted about 46km south of Eden,” he said.
“Police were dispatched to that location, but they were unable to locate the male.”
At around 3pm on Monday afternoon two off-duty Eden Police officers sighted the suspect asleep on rocks at Snug Cove.
It is understood the police officers who made the arrest are Senior Constable Paul Ellis and Senior Constable Andrew Kuzmins of Eden Police.
“Two off-duty police officers sighted the male at 3.30pm and he was duly arrested,” he said.
“It was very good work by the two officers.”
Miller was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
“He’s been charged by virtue of an outstanding Victorian warrant and is assisting with enquiries at this moment and will appear in Batemans Bay court first thing in the morning,” Acting Inspector Scarlett said.
Bail has been refused and Eden Police have not confirmed if Miller will be transferred to Batemans Bay tonight or first thing in the morning, to appear before a magistrate at 9am.
Victoria Police had earlier released images and CCTV of the homeless man, who is now being questioned over the rape and murder of a 32-year-old Chinese national.
Police have confirmed that the woman was both physically and sexually assaulted, and it is believed she was on her way to work when she was approached and chased across St Kilda Road into the Botanic Gardens at around 5.20am on Saturday.
“She’s seen to have been chased by a man crossing St Kilda Road and disappearing in the vicinity of the Police Memorial,” Detective Inspector John Potter told The Age.
He said another witness has told police they saw a man and woman on the grass, near where joggers found the victim’s body, about 6.45am.
The Age reported on Monday night that another man, who had been sought by police after being seen walking with Miller on CCTV footage in the early hours of Saturday morning, had come forward and made a statement.
Police had earlier said they did not believe the man was involved in the victim's death.
Miller, originally from Western Australia, had been sleeping on the streets of Melbourne for at least six weeks, and was known to police in other states.