Police investigating a crime spree across the Gold Coast that culminated in a man barricading himself inside a Southport service station are searching for a woman linked to the incident.
29-year-old Jaimie Madden has been charged with 15 offences 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.
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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.
The stand-off ended just before midnight when Madden surrendered peacefully.
Police want to speak to a woman that was with Madden when he allegedly forced the taxi driver to take him to the Ferry Rd servo and when he stole two cars at gunpoint.
The woman was dropped off by Madden before he fled Police, eventually barricading himself inside the Freedom service station.
Police are urging anyone who knows the woman to contact them.
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.