Witnesses sought to aggravated robberies
Release Date: Thursday, June 07 2012, 12:00 AM
ACT Policing is seeking the assistance of the public to help identify the man in the images who was allegedly involved in two separate aggravated robberies last month (May 4 and May 20).
Around 8.30pm on Friday, May 4, a taxi driver accepted a fare at the Canberra Airport. It is alleged that when the taxi reached Railway Street in Oaks Estate, the offender produced a knife, threatened the driver and demanded cash. The driver was ordered to a secluded area on Uriarra Road where the alleged offender then fled on foot into nearby grassland.
The second aggravated robbery occurred on May 20. It is alleged that around 10.50pm the same man got into a taxi on Rudd Street in the city and requested the driver take him to the Dickson Tradies. In Wise Street, Braddon, the alleged offender produced a knife, threatened the driver and demanded cash. The driver handed over a sum of cash before the offender got out of the taxi and walked towards Fawkner Street.
On each occasion the alleged offender was described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 25-years-of-age, with a thin build. He was wearing a hooded jumper and pants.
Detective Superintendent Brett McCann said that on both occasions the taxi drivers did the right thing by putting their safety first.
“In both instances the drivers followed correct protocol by remaining calm, complying with the offender’s demands and then reporting the incident to police,” he said.
Police are urging anyone who can identify the man in the images to contact ACT Policing Operations on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.