A Woonona man accused of covering his face and storming a Figtree house with three mates in a home invasion turned robbery has been identified in court as 19-year-old apprentice painter Cayden Collis.
The soon-to-be father allegedly drove himself and three other men to the Figtree address on Monday afternoon before the group covered their faces with masks or shirts and knocked on the door of the downstairs garage.
The victim opened the door, at which time Collis and the other men barged into the home, with one allegedly grabbing the victim by the neck and pointing a knife at his throat.
Collis allegedly armed himself with a baseball bat he found inside the premises.
The victim told police he was forced into an adjoining bedroom, where one of the intruders demanded he give them money.
Meanwhile, there were four female witnesses in the home, one of whom allegedly began filming the encounter.
Police will allege Collis and the two other co-accused began ransacking the man's lounge room and bedroom.
They allegedly stole a watch worth $1k, an Xbox and controller valued at $800, a Louis Vuitton glasses case, a Gucci bag worth $1400, a pair of TN sneakers valued at $250, and $900 worth of cannabis.
The victim's brother walked downstairs and saw what was occurring, prompting him to run back up the stairs and lock the door into the main house.
This startled the group, with one calling out "f--king come on, let's go".
The four men ran to Collis' vehicle and fled the scene.
Collis allegedly drove his three companions to a service station where they purchased drinks, then took them to their respective homes in Bellambi before returning to his mother's house to change clothes.
He then went to his father's house in Towradgi where he was arrested later that evening.
Police will allege video recorded by one of the women inside the home partially captures the events, including showing a co-accused holding the victim by the scruff of his jumper, and Collis rummaging through the lounge room before packing the Xbox into a duffle bag.
When interviewed by police, Collis allegedly made certain admissions and provided detectives with a version of events.
He was charged with aggravated entering of a dwelling with intent to steal, while armed, and remanded in custody.
Collis sought bail in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday, with his mum agreeing to put up a $50,000 cash bond to secure her son's release.
Defence lawyer Justine Hall said Collis had no prior criminal history, strong ties to the community and would be vulnerable in custody due to his young age.
Magistrate Susan McGowan agreed to grant Collis strict conditional bail, despite police opposition to the application.
As part of his bail, Collis must live with his mother in Woonona, not associate with or try to contact any co-accused, the victim or witnesses in the case, stay out of Figtree, report to police daily and abide by a nighttime curfew.
Collis' mother was also required to lodge the $50,000 bond with the court registry.
The case will return to court on September 23.
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