Arrest in Tighes Hill on Elizabeth Street after carjacking, robberies

SEARCHING: Police in Elizabeth Street on Wednesday. Picture: Simone De Peak
SEARCHING: Police in Elizabeth Street on Wednesday. Picture: Simone De Peak

A MAN has been tasered after attempting several carjackings in Newcastle on Wednesday. 

Police were called to a Maitland Road service station at Tighes Hill about 8.30am after reports of an armed hold-up.

Officers were told a man entered the store and demanded cash. The man left after the attendant complied. 

A short time later, the man approached a woman in a car on Elizabeth Street and allegedly attempted to take the vehicle. He was unsuccessful. 

The man then flagged down a taxi. Police will allege he attempted to rob the driver and steal the vehicle. 

The cab driver left the car and ran into a nearby industrial store on Elizabeth Street. The man followed the driver in, allegedly attempting to rob three people inside. 

Police arrested the man a short time later after deploying a taser. A knife was secured at the scene. 

The man, who is aged in his 40s, was taken to Newcastle station.

He was later treated by paramedics and taken to John Hunter Hospital for a pre-existing medical condition. 

He remains under armed guard as investigations continue. 

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.