Taxi driver fearful after ambush

The smashed windows of the taxi.
The smashed windows of the taxi.

The Swan Taxi driver, who had five of the windows of his Maxi Taxi smashed with a metal rod, said he was lucky to escape injury after enduring what he believed was a premeditated attack.

The man had earlier been called to Edeline Street in the early morning of June 15.

After finding no-one waiting at the address, he was approached by six youths wanting a lift.

‘I was a bit anxious because there had been a message that there was an out-of-control party in the area, so I asked for some money upfront,’ the man, who did not want to be named, said.

‘They said they didn’t have any money, but if I drove them to the shops, they would give it to me. When I said I couldn’t do that, they started to abuse me and smash up the car.’

The man believed the juveniles had planned the attack, with one placing her hands in the window so he couldn’t drive off, while another stood in front of his car.

‘I have been doing this job for five years and this has never happened before.

‘I am sure they planned it because they had all the weapons ready.

‘When I spoke to the police, they asked if my windows had been shot by a gun, because of the way the glass had shattered.’

The taxi driver returned to work less than a week after the attack, but said he would be taking extra care.

‘Of course I am nervous to be back at work after that night. I will take more precautions and definitely think twice about working around the Fremantle area,’ he said.

‘It was very tough. If they had have got into the car they would have bashed me, because they were being so aggressive.’

Cockburn Police operations manager Sergeant Nicole Ford said several youths were apprehended in Edeline Street shortly after the incident and were assisting police with their inquiries.

Police are investigating whether the group may have been responsible for an earlier incident where a parked orange school bus was similarly damaged.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cockburn Police on 9418 9777.