Man charged in Birrong pharmacy attack

Birrong pharmacy

A man has been charged following an investigation into an attempted armed robbery in Sydney’s south west in which a pharmacist was attacked.

About 4.30pm (Tuesday 31 May 2016), a man allegedly entered a pharmacy on Auburn Road, Birrong and threatened staff with a sharp wooden implement, say NSW Police.

A customer and three staff members attempted to disarm the man by hitting him with walking sticks.

The man allegedly punched the customer and then ran from the store.

Another witness chased the man before he was last seen entering a black-coloured vehicle near Birrong Boys High School and driving off.

Police were contacted and officers from Bankstown Local Area Command commenced investigations

About 4.30pm on Thursday 2 June 2016, officers arrested a 59-year-old man at a home on Bradman Street, Merrylands.

He was taken to Parramatta Police Station where he was charged with assault with intent to rob armed with offensive weapon, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and possess prohibited drug.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Friday 3 June 2016).

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