Westfield stabbing: woman stabbed at Belconnen shopping center
- An alleged “aggravated robbery” at the point of a knife
- Canberra shopper stabbed, court hears
A woman was stabbed after a terrifying carjacking in a busy shopping center car park, a court has heard.
Trong Nguyen, 26, was refused bail after allegedly attacking a customer with a knife before fleeing from Westfield Belconnen, in the ACT, at 11.30am on Sunday.
Court documents say the woman was about to get into her vehicle when she heard someone running behind her.
Nguyen allegedly lunged at a woman with the blade, cutting her arm. She threw away her keys and the suspected thief took them before leaving.
The woman was taken to hospital with a single stab wound.
ACT Police arrested Trong Nguyen during a foot chase after he allegedly stabbed a customer and stole her utility vehicle on Sunday morning.
ACT Police chased the attacker on foot in Braddon at 11.50am before arresting him, the ACT Magistrates Court heard.
Nguyen was charged with eight offenses and was denied bail when he appeared in court on Monday.
ACCT Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker described Nguyen as “a significant risk to the community”.
The charges included robbery, wounding with intent, possession of a knife, two counts of failing to stop for police, two counts of dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.
Anyone who witnessed the aggravated robbery in Belconnen, or who may have footage from the vehicle’s dash cam, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.