Pharmacy staff attacked


Two men allegedly tied up a security guard and robbed a pharmacy while brandishing machetes

Moonee Ponds Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested a man following an alleged armed robbery in Ascot Vale on Thursday night.

At the time of writing, they were looking for a second man and had released images of a man they wish to speak to about the robbery.

Police allege that the 19-year-old Flemington man they arrested, with an accomplice, entered a pharmacy brandishing machetes, before threatening two staff members and a security guard, at about 11.10pm.

The pair fled on foot with cash and prescription medication before the Flemington man was arrested by police in nearby Blamey Street.

He has been charged with armed robbery and recklessly cause injury

A female staff member, a 51-year-old from Taylors Lakes, sustained a minor wound to her hand and was treated at the scene.

Moonee Ponds Crime Investigation Unit detectives wish to speak to this man.

A second woman who was working at the time was not physically injured.

The security guard, a 22-year-old St Albans man was allegedly bound by the wrists by one of the offenders.

A 30-year-old male customer who was inside the store at the time sought refuge in the staff area at the rear of the store. He was physically uninjured.

Police have released images of the second man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

He is perceived to be African in appearance and approximately 181cm tall with a medium build.

He was wearing a grey hooded jacket, grey tracksuit pants with a thick stripe down the leg and red and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Meanwhile in Queensland, the Herald Sun has reported that teenagers who have been “huffing” deodorant are becoming a menace.

Two 14-year-old girls from Edmonton were charged earlier this week after they allegedly stole a number of cans of deodorant from a Chemist Warehouse in the Cairns CBD, and attacked staff at the pharmacy.

When two female staff members closed the pharmacy, the girls allegedly followed them and assaulted them with punches and kicks.

The pharmacy’s manager, Chris Lieu, told the Herald Sun that he would like to see a greater police presence in the area.

“We have had a few incidents where threats have been made to our staff and customers,” Mr Lieu told the paper, saying that intoxicated customers had caused trouble on a number of occasions.

Readers who are distressed can contact the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910.

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