CLOSE UP: Senior Constable Jeff Harding inspects the knife
CLOSE UP: Senior Constable Jeff Harding inspects the knife

Woman fights off knife robbers



A WOMAN in her 50s beat off a gang of armed robbers with her walking stick in North Rockhampton yesterday afternoon.

Police said the woman was walking her small dog when three youths, armed with a knife, cornered her in a vacant block along Pearce Street about 3.30pm.

"She grabbed the arm of the robber (holding the knife), shoved it behind his back and forced him to drop the knife,'' North Rockhampton police Sergeant Wayne Mason said.

"A second suspect came to the aid of the first and he received a smack across the bridge of the nose with a walking stick she had with her.''

The thieves, aged between 15 and 17, fled prompting a largescale police search of the area.

They left behind the 12cm blade knife, which the woman picked up and took home, where she called police.

Sergeant Mason said the woman was "very brave'' but warned others from copying her heroic actions.

"She's in a calm state,'' he said yesterday after interviewing the woman at her Park Avenue home.

"They attempted to hold her up and made a threatening demand. "Basically they said stick them up.

"What she has done was very brave, but she was definitely very lucky as well.

"We don't advocate people to (try and) disarm offenders.'' The woman yesterday declined to talk to The Morning Bulletin. Neighbours were unaware of the nearby incident.

Police last night said they were looking for three males of Aboriginal appearance.

The first suspect is believed to be 13 to 16 years of age, 165cm with a slim build, wearing a light blue V neck shirt and dark shorts with a black baseball cap.

Police said they were looking for a second suspect 15 to 17 years of age, 160cm tall wearing a red short sleaved football style shirt with a white "7'' on the front and back. He was also wearing a white baseball cap.

The third suspect is also of Aboriginal descent.

Police investigations are continuing.

If you have any information contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police on 4932 1500.



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