Robbers threaten barmaid with axe

A ROCKHAMPTON barmaid went through a terrifying ordeal on Friday night when she was threatened with a tomahawk axe by robbers.

Detective Sergeant Scott Ingram said two men, one wielding a knife and the other a tomahawk, at about 11pm entered the pokie room at the Park Avenue Hotel on Main St in Rockhampton and demanded cash from a barmaid.

After stealing the cash, the two men fled via Haynes St, Det Sgt Ingram said.

Police searched the surrounding streets but failed to find the men.

No one was injured.

The robbery follows a ram raid on the Victoria Tavern bottle shop on High St last month, which left a 15-year-old boy in a coma after the getaway car crashed.

The robbery also comes on the heels of a southern media outlet reporting that police solve 56% of armed robberies.

The report said the figure meant that of the estimated 8600 armed robberies in the past decade, more than 1000 armed robbers may never have been caught.

A witness to the robbery, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had just entered the pokie room when he saw the two masked men.

They demanded the dozen customers lie on the floor.

“They only wanted the money,” he said.

“They did not want to hurt anyone.

“A few of us said ‘Get the (expletive) out. Take the money and get out'.”

He said the barmaid was serving a customer when she was threatened with the tomahawk and knife.

He estimated it took less than a minute for the men to escape with about $6000 after clearing out the bar till.

Both robbers were described as being of Aboriginal appearance, with one 178cm tall and of solid build.

He was wearing a red hooded jumper, black trousers, balaclava and gloves.

The other man was 174cm tall, of slim build and wearing a black jumper, dark blue trousers and a black balaclava.

If you have any information on the robbery contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.




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