Man arrested after punching taxi driver, biting police officer

A man has been charged and will appear in court today after allegedly assaulting a taxi driver and a police officer at Riverwood overnight.

Shortly before 10pm yesterday (Thursday 3 September 2015), a 40-year-old man hailed a taxi in Regents Park and indicated that he wished to travel to Riverwood.

When the taxi arrived in Washington Avenue the man attempted to leave the taxi without paying.


The man punched the taxi driver in the face when they became involved in an altercation over the fare. The passenger alighted from the taxi and walked to the driver’s door which he opened. The man took a wallet and car keys from the taxi while continuing to assault the driver.

The driver followed the passenger as he walked towards a nearby home and a further confrontation occurred. Police from Campsie Local Area Command arrived and separated the men.

While the officers searched the passenger they allegedly located the car key in his pocket and he was arrested.

The man allegedly bit one of the officers on the hand and refused to let go. The second officer attempted to force the man to release his colleague’s hand by striking him.

Eventually the man was conveyed to Campsie Police Station where he was later charged with aggravated robbery and assault police.

He was refused bail and will appear at Burwood Local Court today.

The two officers were treated for hand injuries at Canterbury Hospital.