Police discuss their next move outside the Sugar Country Motor Inn’s Rendezvous restaurant, in Bourbong St.
Police discuss their next move outside the Sugar Country Motor Inn’s Rendezvous restaurant, in Bourbong St. Mike Knott

Hunt on for attacker

A MAN on drugs who robbed cash from a city motel and violently assaulted a lone female worker is being hunted by police.

It is believed the man entered the Sugar Country Motor Inn on Bourbong St about 1.20pm yesterday and demanded cash from the 27-year-old woman before fleeing towards Alexandra Park.

Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Andrew Self said police were searching for a man of Aboriginal appearance, believed to be aged about 40, with a solid build and short curly hair.

"He wasn't armed, but was drug affected," he said.

A motel worker was taken to hospital after a drug-affected man viciously punched her and stole cash in a terrifying daylight robbery.

The 27-year-old woman appeared visibly shaken as paramedics led her to a waiting ambulance, minutes after she was physically assaulted by the man at the Sugar Country Motor Inn, Bourbong St, about 1.20pm yesterday.

"He's entered the restaurant area of the motel, assaulted a female worker and has stolen a quantity of cash from the office area," Bundaberg police Detective Sergeant Andrew Self said.

"It is a concern that a male person will enter a premises and assault a lone, female worker."

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the worker was taken to Bundaberg Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

The woman remained in hospital well into the night and, due to her injuries, had to wear a neck brace.

Det Sgt Self said police responded to the attack within minutes of receiving the 000 call.

A wide-scale search quickly got under way involving detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch, about 12 uniform police officers, members of the dog squad and Scenes of Crime.

The drug-affected man has been described as being aged about 40, of solid build and clean shaven with short, curly grey hair.

"He was wearing a singlet, thongs and knee-length cargo pants," Det Sgt Self said.

"If the public has seen anyone matching that description, if they could contact police it would be greatly appreciated."

Det Sgt Self said the offender had taken off towards the river on foot, where there was a confirmed sighting of him about 30 minutes later.

He said police had doorknocked the area, but neither guests nor diners at the nearby Sizzler restaurant witnessed the incident.

"It shows how brazen these offenders can be in order to obtain property to support their drug habit," Det Sgt Self said.

Rockhampton man Alan Yates arrived to check in at the motel shortly before 2.30pm, but was told to wait until forensics had finished its investigations.

Mr Yates said he was "frustrated" because he had relied on being in his motel room to send a report from his laptop to his head office by 3pm.

"I'm not a happy little Vegemite," he said.

Police are reviewing City Safe cameras and CCTV footage from the neighbouring Night Owl, and will ramp up their search today.

The manager of the Sugar Country Motor Inn, who wanted to be known only as Ian, said the motel's security would also soon be reviewed.

"We're happy no one was seriously hurt," he said.

"Property we can replace - staff we can't."


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