Woman assaulted during robbery at Newcastle

Police are appealing for information from the public following a robbery at Newcastle on Christmas Eve.

Just after midday on Thursday 24 December 2020, a 27-year-old woman was working at a relaxation centre on Glebe Road, The Junction, when she saw a man take cash from her purse.

When the woman went to stop the man from leaving, the man assaulted her by grabbed her by the throat and wrist and wrestled with her.

The man fled from the centre and was last seen running along Glebe Road towards Kenrick Street.

The woman was shaken but not otherwise hurt during the incident.

The matter was reported to officers from Newcastle City Police District, who commenced an investigation.

As inquiries continue, police have released descriptions of a man they believe can assist with their inquiries.

He is described as being of African or Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, with a dark complexion, aged about 25, and 175cm to180cm tall. At the time he was wearing a dark hat, a T-shirt, white shorts, white shoes and was carrying a black bum bag.

Anyone with information concerning the robbery or who has dashcam footage of a man running on Glebe Road, The Junction, on Christmas Eve should contact Newcastle City Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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