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Man charged following Charlestown carjacking

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A Hunter man has been charged with multiple driving and firearm offences following a carjacking incident on Monday.

About 4pm on 12 June, police were called to a shopping centre carpark in Charlestown.

It came after reports of a male allegedly threatening three people with a firearm before stealing their vehicle.

Officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District arrived and conducted a search of the area.

However, they were unable to locate the vehicle.

Police established a crime scene and began an investigation into the incident.

Following extensive inquires, they arrested a 32-year-old man in North Lambton on 14 June.

During the arrest, the male allegedly aimed a firearm at police.

Tactical Operations Unit then assisted in the arrest.

The man was conveyed to hospital in a stable condition.

Police also executed a search warrant on a home in North Lambton.

They found clothing and items believed to be illicit substances, which have been sent off for further forensic examination.

The man was then taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with acquire prohibited firearm subject prohibition order; acquire unregistered firearm prohibited firearm; possess loaded firearm public place; not keep firearm safely prohibited firearm; armed with intention to commit indictable offence; police pursuit not stop drive recklessly; threaten injury to person with intention to prevent lawful detention; possess unregistered unauthorised pistol in public place; not keep firearm safely pistol; robbery while armed with dangerous weapon; acquire pistol subject to firearms prohibition order; possess ammunition without holding license/permit/authority; acquire ammunition subject to prohibition order; and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen.

Police will claim in court he also threatened another male in Edgeworth with a firearm before fleeing the scene.

The man was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 15 June.

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