Police arrest man after taxi robbery at Casino

A man has been arrested after an armed robbery of a taxi driver in Casino on Monday.

About 6.30pm (Monday 6 January 2020), a taxi driver picked up a passenger from a taxi rank on Carrington Street.

At 7pm, upon arriving at Richmond Street, the passenger allegedly threatened the driver with a small knife and demanded his phone and money.

After a small struggle, the driver sustained cuts to his hand and exited the taxi before the passenger moved into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive away. He later ran from the scene on foot.

The driver, aged 32, was taken to Casino Hospital where he required stitches to his hand.

Officers attached to Richmond Police District commenced an investigation into the incident.

About 9.50am yesterday (Wednesday 8 January 2020), officers arrested a 29-year-old man at a unit on Vincent Street, Coffs Harbour.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon cause wounding/ grievous bodily harm and take/ detain person with intent to obtain advantage occasion actual bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear in Casino Local Court today (Thursday 9 January 2020).

/Public Release. View in full here.