A man and woman in their twenties are due to face court today after dramatic scenes in the Tweed Shire on Sunday involving a gun, a knife, smashed police cars and a stolen Porsche.
Police say a 26-year-old man is accused of carrying a gun and approaching a woman Sunday night shortly before 9pm at the Banora Point service station where Darlington Drive meets Leisure Drive.
Officers say the armed man demanded the woman give him the keys to the car she’d been driving but she refused.
Police say the man then left the scene with a female passenger in a stolen Porsche – it’s unclear from the police report whether the Porsche was the same car the first woman had been driving.
About an hour later police say they received word the stolen Porsche was in a shopping centre carpark on Wharf Street, Tweed Heads where the driver had threatened another man with a knife and gotten into his Hyundai Tucson.
The female passenger of the Porsche was also allegedly carrying a gun when she got into the Hyundai.
The pair were reportedly trying to flee in the Hyundai when police from Queensland and New South Wales arrived.
They were arrested and the man reportedly taken to Tweed Hospital for treatment for minor injuries before joining his alleged accomplice at Tweed Heads Police Station for formal charges.
Police have charged the 20-year-old woman with robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon, robbery armed with an offensive weapon, possessing an unauthorised pistol, and using an offensive weapon to prevent police investigation.
The man has been charged with robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon, robbery armed with an offensive weapon, two counts of driving a motor vehicle during a disqualification period, possessing an unauthorised pistol, and using an offensive weapon to prevent police investigation.
The pair is also accused of being involved in a series of aggravated armed robberies in Queensland and NSW over the weekend, starting on Friday 18 February.
They are due to face Tweed Heads Court today.