Man charged after Southport siege forces suburb into lockdown

UPDATE @ 12.00PM | A man accused of a violent crime spree, culminating in a siege at a Southport service station has ended up in hospital.

Jaimie Madden, 29, was not in court when his matter was mentioned in Southport Magistrates Court this morning.

Police have confirmed he was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for medical treatment but it’s not clear what for.


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Madden is facing 15 charges in relation to the crime spree  including five counts of armed robbery, three counts each of wilful damage and unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts of serious assault police while armed, and one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle with prior conviction and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Madden is accused of threatening a taxi driver with a gun and forcing him to drive to a service station on Ferry Road where he allegedly smashed the glass doors and demanded cash from the attendant.

He then fled the scene in a stolen car before allegedly stealing another car at a service station 500 metres down the road.

He was tracked by Polair to the intersection of Wardoo and Johnston Streets where four people were forced out of their car at gunpoint.

The car was brought to a halt after stingers were deployed on Nerang St before he barricaded himself inside the Freedom Fuels service station sparking an Emergency Declaration around 8.30pm.

Worker Robert Foot was briefly held hostage before being able to escape.

“The guy came in the shop brandishing a gun, he decided to come to the counter, looked at me and said ‘give me a cigarette you’re going to be my hostage'”, Mr Foot told Nine News.

“Police (were) behind him and as he turned, his attention was away from me towards the Police so I scurried out the back of the shop into our safe zone.”

Mr Foot was uninjured in the incident.

The stand-off ended just before midnight when Madden surrendered peacefully.

His matter will return to court on Monday.

WATCH: POLAIR vision of the lead up to a siege at a Southport service station

EARLIER @ August 17, 4.00 AM | A man has been charged after a terrifying siege in Southport, which forced parts of the Gold Coast suburb into lockdown for more than three hours overnight.

The chaos unfolded around 7.45pm, when the man threatened a taxi driver with a gun at a service station in Southport, forcing him to drive to another servo on Ferry Road.

Police say the gunman then smashed a glass door at the service station, forcing it to shatter, before demanding the attendant hand over cash.

He took off from the scene in a stolen Holden Astra, before stopping at another nearby service station on Ferry Road where he stole another vehicle – a Kia Sportage – at gunpoint.

Polair tracked the car as the man allegedly stole a third vehicle, forcing the terrified driver and passengers out at the intersection of Wardoo and Johnston Streets.

Officers managed to deploy a tyre deflation device to stop the car on Nerang Street, with the gunman then holding himself up inside a nearby servo.

Luckily, the worker behind the counter managed to flee as police declared an emergency situation at 8.36pm, with negotiators and specialist officers called to the scene.

Following three and a half hours, the man finally surrendered and was taken into custody around midnight.

The 29-year-old man has since been charged with a long list of offences including five counts of armed robbery, three counts each of wilful damage and unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts of serious assault police whilst armed, and one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle with prior conviction and unlawful possession of a weapon.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court this morning.

Investigations are ongoing.

EARLIER @ 11.00 PM | Police have declared an emergency situation in Southport with an armed man holed up inside a service station.

The emergency declaration was made just after 8.30pm after a wanted man fled inside the Freedom service station on Nerang St.

Streets including Nerang St, Eugaree St, Falconer St and Tweed St have been blocked.

It’s believe the man is armed with a shotgun.

Residents have been advised to remain indoors.

Police negotiators have been called in to try and talk to the man.

It’s understood a worker at the service station escaped and the gunman has no hostages.

 

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