Man flees after botched hold-up

POLICE are searching for the man who attempted to rob the Australian Tavern in Murwillumbah on Friday.

Initial reports suggest a man entered the hotel with a white plastic bag around 3.15pm.

He spoke to a bar attendant and then attempted to use an ATM in the dining room bar.

Unable to complete a transaction, the man then allegedly took a knife from the bag and demanded money from the bar attendant.

After a short struggle, the man fled the hotel towards the Wollumbin St intersection.

He is described as being 30 to 40 years old with a medium build, medium complexion, about 180cm tall with short dark hair, a moustache and goatee beard.

He was dressed in dark pants, dark shoes with a white strip and a dark singlet with a pattern on the front carrying a shoulder bag and dark coloured jumper.

He may have also visited a nearby discount store and the Imperial Hotel on Murwillumbah St before entering the Australian Tavern that afternoon.

He was last seen near the levee wall of the Tweed River.

If you witnessed the incident or think you know the identity of the man you may be able to help police.

Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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