10 March 2017

Man, 33, faces court on aggravated robbery, blackmail charge

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ACT Magistrates Court

A 33-year-old man who is alleged to have robbed a man while brandishing a weapon in Greenway last week will face court today on multiple charges including attempt to escape custody and blackmail.

The man will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today.

It is alleged that on Sunday 5 March he robbed the man in Greenway then followed him in his car to a local shopping centre where he allegedly demanded that the man pull over and give him his pin number while threatening him with another weapon.

The accused allegedly later attended the man’s work demanding money to which he complied. The alleged victim returned home from work and discovered he had been burgled so called police to report it.

The alleged offender was arrested on March 7 where he had in his possession property belonging to the victim.

At about 7am yesterday, ACT Policing were conducting mobile patrols of the Pine Island Reserve in Greenway when they located the offender sitting in a car that had been reported as stolen.

The man attempted to escape from police after being arrested. A knife was located in his possession following his arrest. He was taken to Tuggeranong Police Station where he was found to be in possession also of a small bag containing what is alleged to be methamphetamine.

He was then transported to the ACT Regional Watch House where he was charged with drive motor vehicle without consent, attempt to escape custody, possess knife without reasonable excuse, possess prohibited substance, aggravated robbery and blackmail.

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What is going on with the lack of police presence and performance in Tuggeranong. How can the same guy get robbed four times in one day in Tuggeranong and police not be taking appropriate action after the first incident.

The 90 thousand residents of Tuggeranong must have the lowest police per resident percentage in all of Australia. There was news a few years ago that most nights saw only two police on duty in Tuggeranong. NSW towns have two police on duty most nights.

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