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Police allege knife pulled as teens tried to carjack 74-year-old female taxi driver

August 8, 2023

By Peter Holmes

Two teens have been charged after an alleged attempted carjacking of a taxi in the state’s Central West over the weekend.

"About 3.40am on Saturday (August 5, 2023), two passengers entered a taxi and were taken to River Road, Forbes, near Cottons Weir, when one passenger allegedly produced a knife demanding the female driver exit the vehicle," police stated.

"Following a short struggle, the two passengers fled on foot before the driver drove off in the taxi."

The driver – a 74-year-old woman – was not injured and attended Forbes police station where she reported the incident.

"Following inquiries, officers arrested two boys on Sherriff Street, Forbes, about 5.30am and [they were] taken to Parkes Police Station," police stated.

"A 16-year-old boy was charged with use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle, hinder or resist police officer in the execution of duty, intimidate police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm and assault person with intent to resist/prevent apprehension.

"A 13-year-old boy was charged with assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle, assault person with intent to resist/prevent apprehension and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm."

The 16-year-old was refused bail and appeared at a children’s court on Sunday (August 6, 2023), where he was formerly refused bail to appear at another children’s court on Tuesday August 22, 2023.

The other boy was given conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Tuesday September 19, 2023.




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