Boy, 15, accused of dragging woman around by her hair in violent hold-up

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has allegedly punched a woman to the ground and dragged her across the floor by her hair during a violent hold-up at a newsagency in NSW.

The terrifying scenes played out inside a newsagency on Mudford Street at Taree last Saturday morning.

Police said it was around 10.15am when the teen stormed the small store wielding a kitchen knife.


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The 15-year-old allegedly threatened a 66-year-old female employee before knocking her to the ground.

It’s then alleged the boy punched and kicked the woman before dragging her around the shop by her hair.

He then allegedly stole a stash of cigarettes before running from the store.

The woman was left covered in bruises with a fractured cheekbone and laceration to her arm.

He was taken to Manning Base Hospital for treatment.

Following inquiries, police yesterday arrested the 15-year-old at a house on Myall Street.

He was taken to Taree Police Station in the company of a support person and charged with robbery whilst armed.

The boy was also charged with breaking into a medical centre the day after holding-up the newsagency.

He was remanded in custody and due to appear in a Children’s Court today.

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