Taxi Drivers

Crimes Related to Taxi Drivers

Southern District CIB detectives have arrested three men after they assaulted and robbed a ride share driver in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police will allege that just after 12.30am on Saturday 13 October, a ride share driver picked up three men from the Esplanade, Seacliff Park.  During the ride the front passenger became verbally abusive and assaulted the 44-year-old driver.

The passenger pulled on the handbrake causing the car to crash into the verge.  All three passengers exited the car and approached the driver and assaulted him.

The men left on foot prior to police arrival. The male victim suffered minor injuries during the incident and the vehicle was also damaged.

Following investigations, police arrested a 19-year-old man, a 21-year-old man and a 24-year old man all from Sheidow Park and charged them with aggravated robbery.  All three men were bailed to appear at the Christies Beach Magistrate Court at a later date.

Serious Crime Squad members have arrested a 22-year-old male in relation to aggravated robbery.

Around 3:30am on 1 October, a taxi driver picked up the male from Darwin City and conveyed him to an address in Palmerston CBD.

On arrival, the male had fallen asleep in the car. When the driver went to wake him it is alleged the male suddenly jumped out and assaulted the driver. The driver was threatened and told to drive to an address in Woodroffe.

Police allege the male further assaulted the driver, stole money and threatened to stab him in Woodroffe. The male fled the location.

The driver was conveyed to hospital by a friend some time later.

The 22-year-old was arrested around 10:30am on 11 October. A search warrant was executed at an address in Woodroffe where police seized various items involved in the offending.

He has been charged with:

  • Aggravated robbery
  • Deprivation of liberty
  • Cause serious harm

The male is due to appear in Darwin Local Court on 24 October.

Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for information following an attempted robbery on a taxi driver in Malvern East earlier this month.

Investigators have been told a man booked a taxi on 8 September under the false name ‘Jeff’.

He was picked up on Blackfriars Road, Wantirna about 6.30pm and taken to an address on Dandenong Road, Malvern East about 7pm.

When the taxi pulled over, the man – who had been in the front passenger seat of the taxi – then reached over and grabbed the driver in a headlock, pressing an unknown object to the back of his neck and demanding cash.

The victim stated he had no money inside the vehicle and the man fled empty-handed.

Police have released images and CCTV footage of a man who they believe can assist with their enquiries.

He is perceived as being Caucasian in appearance with a heavy build, and was wearing a hooded jumper.

Two people were arrested after allegedly robbing a taxi driver at knifepoint at Elizabeth East overnight.

Police were called to Midway Road, near Spruance Road, Elizabeth East about 2.50am on Sunday 2 September by a taxi driver who reported two passengers had threatened him with a knife, stole money and ran off.

The driver was not physically injured.

Police searched the area and located the suspects in nearby Waldron Street.

A 38-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman, both from Elizabeth Vale, were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.  They were refused police bail and will appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Monday 3 September.

Police have arrested a man after a taxi driver was allegedly robbed in Acacia Ridge yesterday.

It will be alleged around 4.15pm a man was driven in a cab from Annerley to a hotel at Acacia Ridge before he demanded the male driver hand over cash from the till.

When the driver refused, the man allegedly produced a large knife and the passenger fled with cash.

Police attended the scene where a 26-year-old Inala man was arrested.

He was charged with one count of armed robbery and is scheduled to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court today.

A man will face court today charged with robbery and firearms offences following an investigation into the attempted armed robbery of a taxi driver at the weekend.

Just before 5am on Sunday (22 July 2018), a taxi driver picked up two men on Saltash Street, Yagoona, for a fare to Guildford.

As the taxi approached Broughton Street on Orchardleigh Road, Old Guildford, the driver was told to pull over and one of the men allegedly threatened him with a pistol.

During a brief struggle, the firearm was discharged, with the round passing through the sun visor and windscreen.

The driver has then fled the moving vehicle to seek assistance, and the two men left the scene on foot.

Officers from Fairfield City Police Area Command attended and despite an extensive search of the area by the Dog Unit, the men were not located.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force Koorala to investigate the incident.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 23-year-old man at Bankstown Police Station just before 8pm yesterday (Wednesday 25 July 2018).

Following the arrest, investigators, assisted by South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, executed a search warrant at a home at Yagoona, where they seized items relevant to the investigation.

The Yagoona man was charged with in company assault with intent to rob while armed dangerous weapon and discharge firearm etc intend cause grievous bodily harm.

He was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court today (Thursday 26 July 2018).

Investigations under Strike Force Koorala are continuing.

Police have arrested a man over two aggravated robberies that occurred in the northern suburbs earlier this month.

Just after 12.30am on Monday 4 June, police were called to Gawler Street at Salisbury after three men allegedly threatened a taxi driver with a knife before stealing his takings and mobile phone. Thankfully the taxi driver was not physically injured.

About 4.15am on Friday 1 June, a man allegedly armed with a knife entered a service station on Salisbury Highway at Salisbury and threatened staff before stealing cash and running off.

The victim was not injured.

As a result of investigations, police were able to identify the suspect and arrested him at Brahma Lodge on Saturday (9 June). A nearby home was searched where police recovered the taxi driver’s stolen mobile phone.

A 22-year-old Salisbury North man was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and refused police bail. He appeared in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Monday and is expected to appear again in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 24 August.

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery of a taxi driver at Salisbury this morning.

Just after 12.30am, Monday 4 June, police were called to Gawler Street after three men allegedly threatened a taxi driver with a knife before stealing his takings and mobile phone. Thankfully the taxi driver was not physically injured.

The victim had picked up the three offenders from the CBD and travelled to Salisbury as they had requested before he had been robbed. The men were last seen walking south on Gawler Street.

Police searched the area but were unable to locate the men at this time and investigations are continuing.

The suspects are described as all in their mid-20s, one was of Middle Eastern appearance and wearing a black long sleeve top, tan pants and black shoes. The second man was Caucasian, grey top, shorts, black shoes, baseball cap and carrying a pink cooler bag. The third man was Caucasian wearing a black hoodie with a grey stripe across the chest and white pants.

Police have released an image of a man that may be able to assist with investigations after a taxi driver was robbed in Woolloomooloo.

A man hailed a cab on King Street, Sydney, about 10.30am on Tuesday 15 May 2018 and requested to be driven to Woolloomooloo.

After being driven to Pring Street, he produced a knife and demanded cash.

The driver complied and handed over a small amount of cash, before a struggle ensued during which the taxi driver received cuts on his hand.

The man ran from location with the cash.

Officers from Kings Cross Police Area Command have commenced an investigation into the incident and have a released an image of a man that may be able to assist.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of slim build, with brown hair and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a grey jacket and a black and white cap.

Anyone with information or that is able to identify the man depicted in the images is urged to contact Kings Cross Police via Crime Stoppers.

A woman has been charged after a taxi driver was allegedly stabbed in Ashfield overnight.

About 10.15pm (Sunday 27 May 2018), a taxi driver attended Ashfield Police Station on Victoria Street, Ashfield, after he was injured by a female passenger.

Police have been told the incident occurred nearby. The female passenger has allegedly stabbed the taxi driver to the head after attempting to rob him.

The taxi driver, a 50-year-old man, was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for a wound to the head before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition. He has since been released.

Officers from Burwood Police Area Command have established a number of crime scenes and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following inquiries, police arrested a 24-year-old woman.

She was taken to Burwood Police Station where she was charged with assault with intent to rob whilst armed with an offensive weapon.

She was refused bail to appear at Burwood Local Court today (Monday 28 May 2018).