Woman robbed at gunpoint by man asking to borrow phone

GOLD Coast Criminal Investigation Branch have charged a Redbank Plains man following an armed robbery this morning at Surfers Paradise.

A woman was walking along Garfield Terrace at around 12.50am when it will be alleged that she was approached by a man who asked if he could use her phone.

After making a call, the man walked away only to approach her again a short while later and asked to use her phone a second time.

She gave him the phone and he allegedly produced what appeared to be a handgun and made demands for her handbag. She complied and he fled on-foot along Northcliffe Terrance.

At around 2.10am police located the man on Cypress Terrace where it will be further alleged that he was in possession of a replica handgun and a knife.

The 23-year-old Redbank Plains man has been charged with one count each of armed robbery and possession of a knife in a public place.  He will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

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