A MAN remains in custody after allegedly trying to steal a car while armed with a knife.
Police allege the victim was with a six-year-old girl, believed to be his daughter, when he was targeted in the McDonald’s drive through at Corowa about 5.40pm on Saturday.
The man stood up to the would-be carjacker and confronted him after he demanded the keys to his luxury black Holden Grange, causing the offender to flee.
He was found inside a white Toyota LandCruiser at the back of shops in Riesling Street a short time later and fled when spotted.
Police arrested the 28-year-old Tocumwal man on Sanger Street.
Brady Cox has entered a not guilty plea to a charge of aggravated assault with intent to take or drive motor vehicle.
He has also been charged with entering a vehicle in a public place without the consent of the owner, but has not entered a plea.
Corowa police refused him bail on Saturday amid concerns about his background.
He returned to Albury Local Court on Monday morning.
He did not apply for bail and will return on May 28.
Police will allege a knife with a blade measuring about 25 centimetres, which has not been recovered, was used.
Security footage allegedly clearly shows Cox and there are multiple witnesses.
Detective Inspector Winston Woodward said nearby residents should contact police if they found a kitchen knife at their property.
“It is concerning for the victims, given the fact a six-year-old child was present at the scene of a serious offence,” he said.
“At this stage I do not believe that the knife used in the offence is recovered.
“I do call for the residents of Corowa to keep a lookout.
“If they do find something in their front yard or hedge, a knife described as a large kitchen knife, it would be good if you could contact Albury detectives.”
He said such incidents were rare in the region.
Anyone with information can contact police on (02) 6023 9299.