UPDATE @ July 22, by Monique StClair | Charges have been laid after a Myer customer allegedly cut an employee with a knife and ran from the Robina store yesterday morning.
It’s understood the 41-year-old was frustrated with being made to wait at the women’s wear counter around 9.30 am, before allegedly taking a box cutter from her bag and slashing the 32-year-old employee on the hand.
She fled the department store and Robina Town Centre, before allegedly assaulting a member of the public at Australia Fair in the afternoon.
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The 41-year-old woman was tracked down in Merrimac where she was arrested.
She’s since been charged with one count of wounding and one of carrying a knife in a public place.
She’s been refused bail and will front Southport Magistrates Court today.
The 32-year-old employee was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
EARLIER @ 4.45 PM, July 21, by Shanee Dobeson | A woman has been arrested over the alleged knife-attack on a female department store worker at a busy shopping centre on the Gold Coast.
The 41-year-old Merrimac woman is accused of slashing a worker inside Myer at Robina Town Centre with a knife around 9.30 am today, after becoming frustrated at being made to wait.
“It will be alleged the woman approached the store’s women’s-wear counter where she removed an implement similar to a box-cutter from her handbag and cut a 32-year-old female employee’s hand,” police said.
The woman fled the shopping centre via the food court following the attack, while the victim was taken to nearby Robina Hospital in a stable condition.
Police were later called to Australia Fair shopping centre in Southport just before 3.30 pm, after the same woman allegedly assaulted a member of the public.
Officers tracked the woman to Merrimac, where she was taken into custody.
Investigations are ongoing, with charges yet to be laid.
EARLIER @ 12.20 PM | A MAJOR search is underway on the Gold Coast this afternoon after a department store employee was stabbed in an alleged random attack at a busy shopping centre in Robina.
Emergency crews were called to Robina Town Centre just before 9.30 am this morning, following reports a female worker had been stabbed inside Myer.
A Queensland Police spokeswoman told myGC initial investigations indicate “a woman approached the department store’s women’s-wear counter where a 32-year-old female employee was on the phone with a customer.”
It’s understood the employee told the woman that she would not be long before turning away and continuing the conversation.
“The woman has then removed a cutting implement from her handbag and moved around the counter where she cut the top of the employee’s right hand,” police said.
The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics for a wound to her hand.
She has since been taken to nearby Robina Hospital in a stable condition.
Her alleged attacker fled the scene on foot through the food court and remains on the run, with police currently patrolling the area.
The police spokeswoman said it didn’t appear the pair knew each other.
Investigations are continuing.
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