Man arrested for armed robbery at Boomerang Hotel

POLICE have arrested a Mackay man over the shocking armed robbery at the Boomerang Hotel where two young women were threatened at gunpoint and tied up.

It is alleged the 34-year-old man also sexually assaulted one of the women during the incident, which occurred about 2.30am last Thursday.

The two woman, aged 21 and 20, had been working at the time completing their end of shift procedures when they were confronted by a man allegedly armed with a shortened firearm.

They were allegedly threatened with the firearm and made to empty various amounts of money from a safe, tills and a number of poker machines.

The man then allegedly bound the two women before leaving.

They were able to raid the alarm.

Mackay detectives arrested a 34-year-old man just after 5pm yesterday on Sydney St in the CBD.

It is believed the man had been shopping.

Mackay's Criminal Investigation Branch officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant David Tucker said he was charged with armed robbery, two counts each of common assault and deprivation of liberty, and one count each of indecent assault and enter premise with an intent to commit an indictable offence.

"He'll also be charged with a number of weapon offences and some other unrelated property offences," Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.

He will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

Police worked very hard to get this result, but the investigation was not over, Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.

"There is still one person outstanding that police wish to speak to and out investigation will be continuing to locate that person as well," Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.

"This was certainly a very serious incident. It was very traumatic for the two young ladies involved.

"It was a potentially dangerous incident given that there was a (allegedly) firearm involved.

"The investigation is not over… until all persons who played a part in these offences are also arrested and charged."


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