Hotel staff bashed in armed raid
EASTER goodwill was broken in a wave of armed robberies on Saturday night that left two victims in hospital.
Two staff at the Irish Heart Hotel in Goodna were viciously assaulted and, in separate incidents, service station attendants in Springfield and Eastern Heights had a gun pulled on them in attacks that police believe are linked.
The United service station on Woodcrest Way was the first to be hit by the gun-wielding bandit at 8.40pm on Saturday.
The man, described as 180cm tall and of Caucasian complexion, approached the attendant, producing a hand gun and asking for a sum of cash to be placed into a plastic bag.
The attendant obliged and the man fled on foot.
At 5.45am two staff at the BP service station on Robertson Rd at Eastern Heights were approached by a man, who made the same demands before threatening two attendants with a hand gun.
Police have released CCTV footage of both robberies in which the alleged assailant wore a dark coloured beanie and jacket at Springfield and green cargo pants, black jacket, white joggers and a multi-coloured balaclava at Eastern Heights. No staff were harmed during the robberies.
Later yesterday morning two men entered the Irish Heart Hotel on Queen St in Goodna at 7.45am.
They attacked a 46-year-old man, punching him a number of times in the face, leaving him with significant bruising and cuts to his face.
They then turned their attention to a 21-year-old female employee, telling her they were armed with a syringe while attempting to take money from a desk.
A short struggle ensued and one of the offenders held the female by the throat and struck her on the face. She was left with bruising and a headache.
The men stole a sum of cash and fled the hotel on foot before entering a small white vehicle parked on Queen Street.
It is believed there were two females inside the vehicle.
They were last seen travelling down Alice St towards Camira.
Both victims were transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment.
If anyone has information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.