Fat armed robber still on the run

THE man who will front Gladstone magistrates court later today charged with the armed robbery of the Central Lane Hotel has also been charged with supplying the drug ice after police executed a search warrant yesterday.

The 27-year-old man, Ashley James Akuhata Martin, was taken into police custody from an address on Yarroon St, only 100m away from the Central Lane Hotel.

"He's been charged with enter premise to commit, robbery and also at the address…police found other items which we believe relate to drug offences," Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said.

"We have found evidence that we believe will assist us in the investigation."

In the final moments of the robbery, which was captured on CCTV footage, police will allege Martin was the person who delivered the blows to the two female bar manager's heads.

However the investigation is far from being over.

"We know for a fact that we've got an outstanding offender," Det Snr Srg Peachey said.

"[The] offender is depicted in the footage that we've released as the larger male. Rest assured we will be following up further today and through the upcoming days to get this person behind bars," he said.

Police are asking for support from the community to help police identify the suspect.

On Wednesday police released more CCTV footage of two men they wish to speak to.

One man walked past the hotel around 15 minutes before the armed robbery while the other walked past at 6.30am and threw a package into the front courtyard of the Central Lane Hotel.

"We still ask if those persons are out there if they could come forward and provide further information," Det Snr Srg Peachey said.

Contact Gladstone police or crime stoppers on 1800333000.



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