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Alleged robber ‘piggy-backs’ elderly victim to his Towradgi home

A MAN who allegedly ‘piggy-backed’ his elderly victim to a Towradgi home over the weekend and robbed him, will face Wollongong court today.

A 67-year-old man was cleaning public space near the Towradgi rock pools about 2.30am on Sunday, when he was approached and chased into the sand dunes by a younger man.

The younger man allegedly demanded cash, before assaulting the older man multiple times. The older man, fearing for his safety, offered the younger man cash from his home.

As the pair walked to a nearby unit, the older man grew tired, and was told to climb onto the younger man’s back for a ‘piggy-back’.

When the pair arrived at the unit, the younger man allegedly stole a gold bracelet and bank card, before demanding the older man accompany him to withdraw cash from a nearby service station.

While the younger man was withdrawing cash, the older man sought assistance and contacted police.

Wollongong police attended and commenced inquiries. Following inquiries, a search warrant was executed at a home in Fairy Meadow about 1.15pm yesterday (Monday January 18), where clothing and other items were seized for forensic examination.

A short time later, a 20-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he was charged with assault with intent to rob, take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage, aggravated break and enter and commit serious indict offence – deprive liberty, and aggravated robbery. He was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Tuesday January 19).


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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