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Armed robber cops stick
Armed robber cops stick

A staff member at a Bassendean deli has chased off a would-be armed robber with a hockey stick.

The man was in the Walter Road shop when a man entered just after 10.15pm last night and started threatening staff with a syringe.

The staff member grabbed the hockey stick and confronted the robber, who immediately fled the shop and jumped into the drivers seat of a waiting car, which another staff member struck as it took off.

Police eventually located the vehicle outside a house in Lockridge after conducting patrols of the area.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested at the house on an outstanding warrant, while the 25-year-old man was apprehended a short time later after briefly fleeing police.

He was charged with attempted armed robbery and stealing a motor vehicle.

Police said he was taken to Swan Districts Hospital for medical assessment.

The stolen car used in the attempted armed robbery was also seized by police.

The West Australian

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