Police charge man over series of armed robberies at Hamilton

A man will face court today charged over a series of alleged armed robberies at Newcastle overnight.

About 5.50pm yesterday (Wednesday 8 December 2021), a 26-year-old man was seated in his stationary vehicle on Beaumont Street, Hamilton, when another man opened the driver’s side door and demanded he get out.

It will be alleged the man grabbed the driver and pulled him from the car, before a brief struggle ensued and he stabbed the driver in the chest with a scalpel.

The driver was able to grab the keys from the ignition before the man fled the scene on foot, heading south along Beaumont Street.

A short time later, the man allegedly entered a chemist on the same street before demanding cash from an employee and stealing drinks.

The man then walked towards the intersection of Tudor and Beaumont Streets, where he opened the passenger side door of a white Ford Kuga – which was stationary at traffic lights – and allegedly threatened the driver – a 33-year-old woman – with a scalpel.

The woman – who had two young children in the vehicle – circled the block before the man attempted to undo one of the child’s restraints.

The woman pulled over and removed the children from the car, before the man stole the vehicle and drove away.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District were notified of all three incidents and commenced extensive searches and inquiries in the nearby area.

About 7pm, officers attached to Hunter Region Enforcement Squad (RES) observed a white Ford Kuga on Darby Street at Cooks Hill.

Police activated their warning lights and sirens, however the driver failed to stop as directed and a pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued through Merewether, before the car was stopped at Flowerdale Avenue.

The driver – a 39-year-old Queensland man – was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of robbery armed with an offensive weapon, aggravated robbery with wounding/grievous bodily harm, and police pursuit – not stop – drive at speed.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 9 December 2021).

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