Police charge man with armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping – Punchbowl

A man has been charged with armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping following an incident in Punchbowl in February 2019.

On Friday 22 February 2019 at about 2pm, a 33-year-old man was contacted via an online marketplace, by a person wanting to sell a new laptop.

The men agreed to meet at an apartment on Dudley Street, Punchbowl. About 5.30pm, however, the seller allegedly held the man against his will, threatened him with a knife, demanding money and his car keys.

After allegedly stealing money from the vehicle, the seller left the scene. The man then contacted Triple Zero and reported the matter.

After extensive enquiries, Campsie Police Area Command detectives yesterday (Thursday 15 August 2019), charged a 39-year-old man with armed robbery and aggravated take/detain for advantage.

He was refused bail and will appear before Parramatta Local Court tomorrow (Saturday 17 August 2019).

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.

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