Yesterday (October 5), ACT Policing arrested a 20-year-old Chisholm man following an aggravated robbery, after two members of the public restrained the offender until police arrived.
About 9.00pm the male entered the Ali Baba restaurant in Phillip with a blade concealed in his sleeve. He approached the counter and threatened a staff member, demanding cash. The staff member complied, handing over a sum of cash before the man exited the restaurant through the front door.
Two males, who had witnessed the aggravated robbery, then approached the offender. After a brief altercation, the two men restrained the offender until police arrived minutes later.
The offender was taken into police custody and transported to the ACT Watch House, where he was later charged with aggravated robbery with an offensive weapon.
The male will face the ACT Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday October 7).
Criminal Investigations Detective Sergeant Bob Wynn said the actions of the two males assisted police in the arrest.
“While we certainly wouldn’t recommend any member of the public put themselves in harm’s way, these two men have shown extraordinary bravery by apprehending the offender and restraining him until police arrived.”