28 April 2023

UPDATE - Man allegedly threatened with gun, taser during robbery outside Westpac Manuka

| Claire Fenwicke
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Police tape at Westpac Manuka this afternoon. Photo: Region.

UPDATE 4 pm – It’s believed a man was deliberately targeted by two men during an aggravated robbery in Manuka earlier today (28 April).

The victim went to the bank to deposit cash when he was allegedly robbed.

Two men allegedly threatened him with weapons, including a firearm and taser, before making off with “a sum of cash”.

“It’s not believed that this is a random attack, in fact we believe this is a targeted attack on the victim,” Detective Superintendent in Charge of ACT Criminal Investigations Hall O’Meagher said.

“We believe there is a connection between the victim and the offenders. That’s quite a possibility.”

The man was originally threatened outside the bank before he ran inside the building to get help.

It’s there where the money was stolen from him.

It’s believed the offenders fled the scene on foot, and potentially used a vehicle afterwards.

Det Supt O’Meagher said the victim was “very traumatised” but not physically injured during the incident.

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1:30 pm – A section of Manuka’s Franklin Street was cordoned off by police following reports of a robbery outside the local Westpac.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said officers were called at about 10:35 am on Friday (28 April).

“Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident; however, no arrests have been made at this time,” they said.

It hasn’t been confirmed what was reportedly stolen or if the person was injured.

Police have called for anyone who witnessed the incident or may have dashcam footage of the area around the time of the incident to get in touch via 131 444, quoting reference 7416300.

Nearby businesses with CCTV footage have also been urged to come forward.

More to come.

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