Wanted man charged over kidnap, robbery at Wollongong

A man is due in court today charged over an alleged kidnap and aggravated robbery.

The charges relate to an incident which began about 10pm on Tuesday 21 December 2021, when a 35-year-old man met another man in the carpark of a fast-food restaurant in Fairy Meadow, to purchase a smart watch.

Police allege the 35-year-old man left the location to finalise the transaction and was subsequently held against his will and robbed of cash, two laptops, a mobile phone, and credit cards over a period of several hours and in several locations, including Mangerton and Appin.

The man was not physically injured and alerted police with an investigation commenced by officers attached to Wollongong Police District.

Following extensive inquiries – including a public appeal for information – police attended a home on Weemala Street, Koonawarra, about 8.15am today (Tuesday 4 January 2022), and arrested a 29-year-old man.

He was taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage – serious indictable offence, and aggravated robbery – serious indictable offence.

He was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court yesterday (Tuesday 4 January 2022), where he was formally denied bail to appear in the same court today (Wednesday 5 January 2022).

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