MAN ARRESTED OVER VIOLENT ROBBERY RAMPAGE

A man is facing court charged over several alleged robberies and assaults in Newcastle.

It was just after 1pm on Sunday when the 25-year-old allegedly threatened a 30-year-old man who was walking along Brown Road, Broadmeadow.

It’s alleged he demanded cash before forcing the man onto the ground and stealing a mobile phone, glasses, headphones and a power bank.

Five minutes later, the perpetrator allegedly entered a store on Belford Street in Broadmeadow, forced a 44-year-old woman to the ground and fled the scene.

About an hour later, he allegedly approached a vehicle on Church Street in Mayfield, and assaulted a 30-year-old passenger, demanding cash and the car keys.

Officers then chased the man down and he was arrested.

During the arrest, the 25-year-old allegedly spat at a constable.

He was charged with a string of assault and robbery offences, due to face Newcastle local court today.