Monday, March 01, 2010

Citizen Arrest After Alleged Armed Robbery

NSW Police News

A man will appear in court today after being apprehended by civilians during an alleged attempted armed robbery in Normanhurst last night.

Police will allege the 30-year-old man entered a convenience store on Denman Parade at 7pm, armed with knuckle dusters and a replica firearm. He allegedly pointed the gun at the owner asking him for cigarettes.

The owner argued with the intoxicated man who offered to supply identification so he could receive store credit. Whilst attempting to get his identification the offender held the replica gun under his armpit. The owner took the opportunity to grab a metal bar and chased him from the store. The man dropped the gun whilst fleeing and the store owner picked it up.

People from nearby stores became aware of the attempted armed robbery and chased the man. He was stopped a short distance away and held by civilians whilst police called.

Police attended and arrested the man who was taken to Hornsby Police Station. He was charged with the attempted armed robbery, two counts of using a prohibited weapon and an intimidation offence relating to threats made to an arresting civilian.

The 30-year-old Dee Why man was refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.

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