UPDATE: A MAN tried to hold up two businesses and a woman at knifepoint in a 15 minute armed robbery spree, a court has heard.
The out of sessions court hearing was told 23-year-old Jamie Leigh Page entered the New China Restaurant on View Street at about 5.45pm Saturday.
Detective Senior Constable Mick Thompson said Mr Page, of Ironbark, approached the front counter and demanded cash.
“He lifted his top and showed the handle of a knife,” Detection Senior Constable Thompson said.
He said a language barrier had caused a problem and said the alleged offender left without money.
The court heard Mr Page then approached a lady in a vehicle near the Rifle Hotel about five minutes later and pointed a knife to her stomach.
Detective Senior Constable Thompson said Mr Page received money from the woman and demanded she hand over her mobile phone.
“The victim refused because it was a work phone,” he said.
“She said ‘f*** off.
“The accused apologised and left.”
Mr Page then entered Barclays on View Motor Inn and repeatedly asked for money, the court heard.
Detective Senior Constable Thompson said Mr Page had a knife in his pocket and said the alleged victim refused to hand over any money.
“The accused apologised and left,” he said.
Detective Senior Constable Thompson said Mr Page left the premises and dropped the knife on a median strip after her saw a police vehicle.
He was arrested a short time later with the same quantity of cash allegedly stolen in the second incident, Detective Senior Constable Thompson said.
He said Mr Page had been brought back to the station.
A bail justice remanded Mr Page to the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Monday.
He has been charged with two armed robbery offences and one count of attempted armed robbery.
EARLIER: A MAN has been arrested after an alleged armed robbery spree in Bendigo on Saturday night.
Police allege a man armed himself with a knife before targeting the New China Restaurant on View Street.
The man then targeted a female on Rowan Street before attempting to rob the Barclays on View Motor Inn, police said.
Detective Senior Constable Mick Thompson said the man had been arrested at about 6.10pm on Barnard Street after starting the alleged spree at about 5.30pm.
“He demanded cash each time,” Detective Senior Constable Thompson said.
“He did get a sum of money in relation to the Rowan Street incident.
“He’s going to be doing an out of sessions court hearing this morning.”
The man has been charged with armed robbery and attempted armed robbery offences.