New South Wales

Armed man arrested after attempted carjackings, robberies – Newcastle

A man has been tasered following several alleged attempted robberies and car jackings in Newcastle.

Just before 8.30am (Wednesday 14 February 2018), police from Newcastle City Local Area Command responded to reports of an armed hold-up at a service station on Maitland Road, Tighes Hill.

Police were told a man entered the store and demanded cash. The attendant complied and the man left.

A short time later, the man approached a woman in a car on Elizabeth Street and allegedly attempted to steal the car but was unsuccessful.

He then flagged down a taxi and allegedly attempted to rob the driver and steal the vehicle.

The taxi driver left the vehicle and ran into a nearby industrial store on Elizabeth Street.

The man followed the driver into the store and allegedly attempted to rob three people inside.

He was taken into custody a short time later after a taser was deployed and a knife secured.

The man in his 40s was arrested and taken to Newcastle City Police Station.

He was later treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken under police guard to John Hunter Hospital for an existing medical condition.

Investigations are continuing.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via social media pages.

Source: NSW Police