Police at the scene of the armed robbery in Toowoomba.
Police at the scene of the armed robbery in Toowoomba. 7 News Toowoomba

Man arrested over robbery with blood-filled syringe

UPDATE: A man has been arrested over an armed robbery with a syringe at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Toowoomba this morning.

Police tracked the 30-year-old offender from the scene of the Ruthven St robbery to an address in Helidon about 8.30am.

The man then fled from police at Seventeen Mile Rd in another vehicle, heading east towards Ipswich.

The man was arrested by police on Sippels St in Grandchester about 9.20am.

Toowoomba City Patrol Group Inspector Stephen Angus said the man was expected to be charged with several offences relating to the armed robbery, as well as evade police and driving under the influence of drugs or liquor.

Testing will be conducted on the syringe, recovered after the robbery, to determine the contents which police suspect could be blood, Insp. Angus said.

"We believe the red liquid in the syringe was blood but we have to test it yet to determine if that was the case," he said.

 

"That type of weapon is extremely dangerous potentially with contagious diseases such as AIDS or hepatitis, or those sorts of severe diseases.

"It's a worry not only for police but members of the public if those weapons are used, in particular if they penetrate the skin of a witness or a victim."

Insp. Angus said the offender was known to police, and confirmed no-one was injured as a result of the police investigation.

EARLIER: Detectives are investigating a terrifying armed robbery in Toowoomba this morning in which a man was threatened with a syringe.

Toowoomba detectives are calling for any witnesses to the ordeal which began shortly before 5am at a 7-Eleven on Ruthven St.

Initial investigations suggest a man, wearing a white hooded jumper with black stripes and a black baseball cap, ran into the store armed with a syringe and demanded money from the staff member.

 

The 7-Eleven service station on Ruthven St where the robbery took place.
The 7-Eleven service station on Ruthven St where the robbery took place. Win News Toowoomba

The employee complied, handing over a sum of cash to the offender who fled the scene in a red Mitsubishi Lancer.

No-one was physically injured during the incident.

Detectives have called on anyone with information that might help locate the offender to contact the Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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