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Pub patrons stop robbery by overpowering armed man

Wed August 8, 2012 9:09am

A group of men having a drink in a beer garden in Sydney's south have managed to overpower a masked man armed with a sawn-off shotgun and stop a robbery, police say.

A single shot was fired as the group scuffled with the man, but no one was seriously injured during the botched robbery at Sir Joseph Banks Hotel, on Botany Road, Botany, yesterday afternoon, police said.

Two masked men carrying the shotgun and a hand gun walked into the beer garden at the back of the pub about 5.15pm, Botany Bay local area command duty officer Inspector Mal Smith said.

"Once inside the beer garden, they've approached a number of hotel patrons and they've commenced a struggle with the two men.

"During the initial struggle the sawn-off shotgun has discharged [but] no one was injured."

The man armed with the sawn-off shotgun tried to fight off the pub patrons, hitting one man on the head with the barrel of the gun, Inspector Smith said.

"The offender with the shotgun was eventually overpowered by a number of hotel patrons," he said.

The other man escaped and police said he rode away with another man on a motorbike.

Nothing was stolen from the hotel.

A 19-year-old man was arrested at the hotel and later charged with armed robbery and malicious wounding.

He will face Waverley Local Court today.

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