NSW police charge man over armed robbery

A man will appear at court today charged over an alleged armed robbery in Newcastle at the weekend.

About 4.30pm on Saturday (28 March 2020), a 17-year-old boy attended a unit on Smith Street, Elermore Vale, where he spoke with a 22-year-old man.

Police will allege the older man threatened the teenager with a firearm before the 17-year-old handed over cash and left the unit.

Officers attached to Newcastle City Police District were alerted and commenced investigations.

About 7am today (Monday 30 March 2020), officers from Newcastle City PD, with assistance from police negotiators and the Tactical Operations Region Support (TORS) Group attended a unit on Smith Street, Elermore Vale, and spoke with a 22-year-old man.

The man peacefully surrendered to police and was arrested about 7.40am.

He was taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with robbery armed with an offensive weapon and possess a firearm in breach of a firearm prohibition order.

He was refused bail to face Newcastle Local Court today (Monday 30 March 2020).

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