ACT Policing has charged an 18-year-old Curtin man following the aggravated robbery of a bus driver in Civic last night (Wednesday, July 23).
About 11.35pm, a male caught an ACTION bus from Watson to the City Bus Interchange. He was the sole passenger on the bus. Once the bus arrived at the City Bus Interchange the male approached the bus driver, produced a Stanley knife and demanded cash. The driver complied and handed over a bag of cash, mostly coins. The offender then fled on foot towards City Walk and the bus driver reported the incident to police.
About 12.45am, police noticed a male matching the description of the offender walking through Bega Court, Reid. The male fled when he sighted police. Police gave chase on foot and apprehended the male, who was in possession of a Stanley knife and a large number of coins in various denominations.
The male was conveyed to the Watch House and charged with aggravated robbery. He will face the ACT Magistrates Court later this morning.
Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.