Two teenagers have been charged after an alleged robbery and assault in Hamilton yesterday.
Shortly after 4pm (Sunday 16 August 2020), two teenage boys entered a bottle shop on Beaumont Street, and approached a 28-year-old female employee.
When the employee asked the pair to leave the store, police will allege in court one of the teenagers threatened the woman before they took bottles of alcohol and fled the store.
Officers from Newcastle City Police District were called to the scene and began conducting inquiries.
About 6.30pm the same day, police will further allege the pair were inside a hotel on the same street when they were approached by a 41-year-old male employee.
The employee asked the pair to leave the venue when one of the teenagers allegedly punched him in the face and threatened him with a knife.
Several patrons intervened and the two teenagers exited the venue before allegedly becoming increasing violent towards other patrons.
Police arrived a short time later and attempted to arrest the pair.
Officers deployed OC spray before a short foot pursuit ensued and the teenagers, both aged 16, were arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station.
One of the teens was charged with two counts of common assault, and one count each of robbery in company, affray and resist officer in execution of duty. He was also charged with outstanding unrelated matters.
The second teen was charged with robbery in company, affray, resist arrest, assault police and a breach of bail offence.
Both were refused bail to face a children’s court later today (Monday 17 August 2020).