Police arrest man after Ascot Vale armed robbery

Moonee Ponds Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested a man following an alleged armed robbery in Ascot Vale last night (15 August).

It is alleged the 19-year-old Flemington man, along with a second man, entered the Union Road store brandishing machetes before threatening two staff members and a security guard.

The pair fled on foot with cash and prescription medication before the Flemington man was arrested by police in nearby Blamey Street.

He has been charged with armed robbery and recklessly cause injury and will appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

A female staff member, a 51-year-old from Taylors Lakes, sustained a minor wound to her hand and was treated at the scene.

A second woman who was working at the time was not physically injured.

The security guard, a 22-year-old St Albans man was allegedly bound by the wrists by one of the offenders

A 30-year-old male customer who was inside the store at the time sought refuge in the staff area at the rear of the store.

He was physically un-injured.

Police have released images of the second man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

He is perceived to be African in appearance and approximately 181cm tall with a medium build.

He was wearing a grey hooded jacket, grey tracksuit pants with a thick stripe down the leg and red and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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