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Man arrested for knife-point robbery of Hutt taxi driver

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A 28-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the knife-point robbery of a taxi driver in Lower Hutt.

The incident, which occurred about 2.45am on Friday 14 June, left the taxi driver with a cut to one hand and facial injuries.

The alleged offender has been charged with aggravated robbery and will appear in Hutt Valley District Court on Saturday.

Police thank members of the public who came forward with information.

News from NZ Police – June 20
Wellington Police are seeking help from the public to identify the man (pictured) who robbed a taxi driver at knife point last Friday. The offender was a passenger picked up from outside Westfield Queensgate Mall in Lower Hutt around 2.45am.

The taxi driver drove a couple of kilometres when the offender presented a knife and demanded money.

A scuffle ensued between the offender and the taxi driver.

The driver managed to escape from his vehicle but sustained a cut to his hand and facial injuries.

The offender fled from the taxi on foot with cash.

The taxi driver received medical treatment and was discharged from hospital a short while later.

The offender was male, medium to solid build, wearing a black cap, white-hooded sweatshirt, a dark-coloured jacket over the hoodie, and light-coloured trousers.

“This is a callous attack on a hard working taxi driver and I want to assure the community we are taking this very seriously and doing everything we can,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Martin Todd, O/C District CIB Crime Squad.

If anyone recognises the offender, contact the Wellington CIB Crime Squad on 04 381 2077 or contact anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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