A Bunbury taxi driver who was assaulted and robbed on Saturday said the two men allegedly responsible threatened to cut his throat if he looked at them.
Ricky Johnson, the 61-year-old taxi driver, had only been a solo driver for two weeks when he was pulled from his taxi and assaulted.
“When I was on the ground, one of them said “look up and I’ll cut your throat’’ and said things like that as they ran away afterwards,” Mr Johnson said.
“It was a frenzied attack, they pulled me from my car and kicked and punched me as they stole my wallet and the float for the taxi. When they first demanded the money, I told them they couldn’t have it.”
Mr Johnson said he had pepper spray he had bought the day before but was not able to get it working with the one hand he had free when he was being pulled from the taxi.
Bunbury Det. James Gaunt said Mr Johnson picked up the two men from an address in Dalyellup and dropped them off on Hudson Road in Bunbury.
“One of the men started fumbling in his pockets like he was looking for money and the other guy got out of the vehicle to pull Mr Johnson out of the car,” Det. Gaunt said.
Mr Johnson received two black eyes, bruises to his shoulders and back and cuts and scrapes on his face and elbows while he was kicked and punched on the ground.
He said he was fuzzy when he was first interviewed by the police, but has since started remembering details.
In addition to about $800 stolen, the offenders also took the keys and electronics, including a GPS.
Two men were arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with aggravated burglary and are expected in court today.