UPDATE at 1:15 PM | POLICE have released incredible CCTV vision of the moment a pub patron fought-off a machete-wielding robber during a terrifying hold-up at a Gold Coast tavern overnight.
A balaclava-clad man burst into the pokie room at the Mermaid Beach Tavern, wielding a large machete about 12.45am on Friday and demanded money from the 37-year-old female staffer.
As the woman went to open the till, a 29-year-old male patron crept up behind the armed offender, picked up a stool and smashed it over his head.
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Police said a struggle broke out, during which the patron hurled a pot plant at the man, causing him to drop his weapon, before chasing him out the door.
The patron allegedly crashed tackled the offender outside the pub, causing him to drop the $1500 he’d just stolen.
Police are still searching for the offender, who remains on the run after fleeing the scene.
The entire ordeal was captured on the Tavern’s security cameras.
#WATCH: This is the moment a pub patron fought off a machete-wielding thief during a terrifying hold-up in the pokie room of a #GoldCoast tavern overnight.The patron picked up a pokie stool & slogged the masked man over the head with it, before attacking him with a pot plant and chasing him out the door | MORE HERE: http://bit.ly/2Nxl7f0
Posted by Gold Coast Weather & News Together on Thursday, July 4, 2019
FIRST at 7:50 AM | A PUB patron and a woman, believed to be a bartender, have wrestled a machete-wielding robber during a frightening hold-up at a Gold Coast tavern.
It’s alleged a masked man armed with a machete entered the Mermaid Beach Tavern via a back door about 12.45am on Friday and demanded money from a 37-year-old female staffer.
Police said as the woman went to open the till, a 29-year-old male patron crept up behind the offender and struck him over the head with a bar stool.
The offender stumbled backwards and struck out with the machete, police said, before again demanding money from the female worker, who complied.
After snatching a stash of cash from the woman, the masked man allegedly tried fleeing but was again confronted by the male patron.
During a struggle, the offender allegedly dropped the machete and ran out the back door with the money.
Police said both the female staffer and the pub patron gave chase and managed to wrestle the money from the man, who ended up fleeing the scene empty-handed.
Thankfully, neither the employee or the patron was physically injured during the incident.
Police are now still for the offender, described as being Caucasian and aged between 45 and 50 with a large build, balding brown hair shaven and a large nose.
He spoke with an Australian accent and was wearing a black hooded jumper, black track pants and a black balaclava at the time.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.