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Armed robbery suspect dobbed in by mum, grandma

AS THE bandit waved a large knife during an armed hold-up of a Rosslyn Bay store on Tuesday, a terrified shopper begged him not to hurt anyone.

"I would hurt myself before I would hurt any of you," Michael William Johnson allegedly replied.

Johnson, 18, appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of armed robbery, failing to stop and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

It's alleged he held up a Foodworks store in Rockhampton's Main St on Sunday then held up the Rosslyn Bay Kiosk on Tuesday and later being involved in a pursuit, where his vehicle collided with a police car, along Kinka Beach Rd.

Magistrate Cameron Press yesterday refused Johnson's application for bail accepting police argument that he was a risk of committing further offences and failing to appear.

Prosecutor Danita Clarke told the court Johnson's mother and grandmother had called police and identified him after CCTV footage of the Main St hold-up was released publicly.

Ms Clarke said Johnson approached the Foodworks store on December 7 and produced a 30cm knife with a wooden handle to the 18-year-old and 15-year-old shop attendants.

She said he demanded they give him money or someone would get hurt.

Johnson allegedly fled with $1320 and 10 cartons of cigarettes.

Two days later about 4pm, it's alleged Johnson held up the Roslyn Bay Caltex with a 30cm butcher's knife with a stainless steel blade.

Ms Clarke said he covered his face with a blue and white checked tea-towel

"Don't' do anything stupid, I just want the till and cigarettes," Johnson allegedly said to threaten the female shop assistant.

Ms Clarke said a witness in the store begged, "please don't hurt us," at which he allegedly replied: "I would hurt myself before I would hurt any of you".

She said Johnson then fled the scene with $400 cash and cigarettes in a vehicle which police attempted to intercept.

During the pursuit Johnson's vehicle allegedly collided with the front left hand corner of a police car.

The court heard Johnson was already on probation for a string of charges including three failures to appear.

He will appear in court in February.

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