Restaurant owner assaulted during attempted robbery, NSW

The owner of a restaurant has been seriously assaulted during an armed robbery attempt on the state’s south coast last night, NSW Police say.

About 7.45pm today, the 63-year-old man closed his business on Tongarra Road, Albion Park, and went to walk outside.

Police have been told he was approached by a man who had his face concealed.

The man demanded cash; however there was no cash at the premises.

When informed of this, the armed man began to hit him a number of times across the head with a weapon.

He then ran off in the direction of a nearby shopping centre.

A number of people came to the injured man’s aid, before he was taken to Wollongong Hospital by Ambulance Paramedics.

He received treatment for deep lacerations to his head and is now in a stable condition.

Police from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command are investigating the incident.

The man they’d like to speak to is described as being about 183cm tall, with a medium build and was wearing dark coloured clothing.

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Anyone with information that may assist is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers.