Man charged after alleged armed robbery – Jesmond

A man will face court today charged after an alleged armed robbery in the Newcastle area yesterday.

About 4.45pm (Wednesday 15 September 2021), a man entered a business on Blue Gum Road, Jesmond, and allegedly threatened a shop assistant with a firearm while demanding cash.

The man allegedly stole a sum of cash and four bottles of alcohol, before leaving the store.

The male shop assistant and two other men in the store at the time, were not hurt during the incident.

Police were alerted and officers from Newcastle City Police Area Command commenced inquiries.

A short time later, following information from the public, officers arrested a 24-year-old man outside a house in nearby Heaton Street.

The man was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, possess unauthorised pistol, not wear fitted face covering in retail/business premises, not ensure true and accurate info provided to Service NSW, and not comply with noticed direction – COVID-19.

He was refused bail to appear today (Thursday 16 September 2021) at Newcastle Local Court.

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