Police charge man after armed robbery and pursuit – Beresfield

A man has been charged over an alleged armed robbery and pursuit in the Hunter region yesterday.

About 1.30pm (Tuesday 6 April 2021), police were called to a takeaway shop on Lawson Avenue, Beresfield, following reports a man – armed with a firearm – entered the store and threatened two female employees.

The man demanded cash before leaving the store along Beresford Avenue.

Police will further allege the man threatened a 21-year-old man with the firearm a short time later and demanded his phone and wallet.

The man fled the scene in a Mazda 3; no one was injured during either incident.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were notified and commenced a large-scale search for the man.

Police patrolling the area noticed the Mazda 3 on Woodberry Road and initiated a short pursuit.

The Mazda stopped and a 43-year-old man was arrested without incident.

Officers conducted a search of the vehicle, where they located and seized a weapon. The vehicle has also been seized for forensic testing.

The man was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where he was subjected to a breath analysis, which returned an alleged reading of 0.244.

He was charged with five offences including two counts of robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of possess unregistered firearm, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period and high-range PCA.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Wednesday 7 April 2021).

He was later taken to the Mater Hospital for treatment, where he remains under police guard.

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