A man will face court today on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault after allegedly stealing a vehicle in the state’s Central West.
Shortly after 12.30am Saturday (20 July 2019), it is alleged a 34-year-old man and two passengers arrived at a home at Brocklehurst, 15km north of Dubbo.
The man was approached by a 21-year-old man in the driveway when an altercation ensued.
A second man, aged 28, allegedly removed the keys from the man’s ignition before they and one of the victim’s passengers entered the house.
The two men, aged 21 and 28, returned a short time later wielding a samurai sword and demanded money from the man and his remaining passenger.
It is alleged the 34-year-old was threatened with a tomahawk axe as he attempted to return to the driver’s seat of his car.
The 21-year-old man and his two accomplices left in the stolen vehicle, and a second vehicle which had arrived during the altercation.
Officers attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District were notified of the incident and located the man’s car on Birch Avenue at Dubbo a short time later.
About 6.45pm yesterday (Sunday 21 July 2019), police engaged in a pursuit with a Holden Commodore sedan in east Dubbo along Murrayfield Drive.
Police allege the 21-year-old man involved in the incident ran from the vehicle and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.
The man was arrested and taken to Dubbo Police Station where he was charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon, and aggravated assault with intent to rob.
He was refused bail to appear at Dubbo Local Court today (Monday 22 July 2019).
Investigations into the outstanding offenders continue.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.