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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