NSW police charge man after attempted armed robbery of taxi driver at Orange

A man will re-appear in court today charged following the attempted armed robbery of a taxi driver in the state’s Central West at the weekend.

About 12.40am on Saturday (7 November 2020), a taxi driver collected two men, aged 24 and 30, from Lords Place, Orange.

As the taxi travelled along Summer Street, the 24-year-old allegedly threatened the driver with a knife and demanded he unlock his mobile phone.

The driver, aged 76, exited the vehicle on Anson and Prince streets, and ran to the aid of a nearby taxi.

He was pursued by the 24-year-old for a short distance, before both passengers left the scene.

Officers attached to Central West Police District responded and arrested both men nearby.

Both men were taken to Orange Police Station, where it is alleged the younger man spat on a constable upon entering custody.

It will be further alleged that the younger man was in possession of two knives and a pair of scissors.

He was charged with robbery whilst armed with offensive weapon, assault police and breach of bail.

He was refused bail and appeared at Dubbo Local Court yesterday (Sunday 8 November 2020), where he was formally refused bail to re-appear at Orange Local Court today (Monday 9 November 2020).

The 30-year-old man has been released pending further enquiries.

Investigations continue.

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