Would-Be Robber Punched, Placed In Headlock

The accused was held til police arrived

10 December 2018

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Bystanders have punched a would-be robber at Morpeth overnight, before putting him in a headlock.

A 19 year old man's accused of trying to rob the Spar Express grocery store in Swan Street last night, where he threatened staff with a knife, demanding cash around 7:10pm.

An off-duty employee who happened to be in the store at the time managed to subdue him along with another witness.

One of the men suffered a cut to their hand as they tried to remove the knife.

"It was quite a courageous thing to do. We don't encourage people to get involved in that way however it has lead to the arrest of this 19-year-old male," Chief Inspector Tony Townsend said.

The accused has been charged with attempted armed robbery and will appear in Maitland Local Court today.


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