NSW Police release CCTV in manhunt for offender who targeted three women in chilling robberies

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The man has been captured on security videos across Sydney’s northwest as he scoured homes and tried to steal cars.
The man has been captured on security videos across Sydney’s northwest as he scoured homes and tried to steal cars. Credit: 7NEWS

Police are searching for a man who appeared to target women in an armed robbery spree through western Sydney on Wednesday morning.

The young man was armed with a hammer and knife and wore a mask as he robbed three women in the Northmead area.

NSW police on Thursday released CCTV footage of the offender, who was spotted at several properties between 4am and 5am on Wednesday.

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Ten minutes after stealing a white Mitsubishi Outlander SUV from a Windsor Rd petrol station, the man pulled over near a 47-year-old woman on Mons Road, Northmead, and stole her handbag before driving off.

Shortly afterwards, he threatened a 19-year-old woman with a knife on Junia Avenue, Toongabbie, and stole her bag and then robbed a 49-year-old woman who was walking on Toongabbie Road of her backpack.

The young man was armed with a hammer and knife and wore a mask as he robbed three women in the Northmead area.
The young man was armed with a hammer and knife and wore a mask as he robbed three women in the Northmead area. Credit: NSW Police

At 6.05am, he used a hammer to strike a 27-year-old woman who was walking on North Rocks Road, North Parramatta, on her shoulder and stole her purse and phone.

He ran to a shopping centre and drove away in the SUV.

Two male relatives of the young woman then tracked her phone and drove to the intersection of North Rocks Road and William Place, North Rocks, and approached the man.

They smashed his windscreen and the trio got into a fight before the robber ran away, said police in a statement. The SUV was being tested and the investigation included officers from PolAir, the Dog Unit, Raptor Squad and the Operational Support Group.

Nobody was seriously injured and police asked for anyone with information to come forward as they issued a description of the offender.

They also warned members of the public not to approach the man

“The man is described as being of slim build, in his early 20’s, with an olive complexion, with short black mullet style hair, wearing a black beanie, black balaclava, a black hoodie, black long pants, black gloves, and black shoes,” police said.

“Police are also investigating if the same man is responsible for break-ins committed on several homes in the same area two days earlier.”

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

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