Police looking for man after baseball bat incident in cafe
UPDATE 7AM: POLICE are still looking for the man behind an alleged armed robbery at an Ipswich cafe late yesterday.
There are currently no suspects.
INITIAL: A NEW Ipswich restaurant has been forced to close its doors after a man threatened staff with a baseball bat.
About 1.30pm today a man entered Café J'adore on Brisbane St, Booval and demanded cash.
Owner and manager of the dessert bar Adrian Singh was threatened by the man who he said was erratic and angry.
"I had two girls on as well. He confronted me and demanded money, I tried to cooperate but he was very agitated," Mr Singh said.
"He had a baseball bat and he took a swing at my register and smashed a few things. He caused quite a bit of damage.
"Customers ran out of the store and waited on the footpath and when he saw that he fled."
Mr Singh said the man caused a lot of damage while trying to smash the till open.
"Luckily our staff are fine. The girls are a bit shaken up but I'm very proud of them," he said.
Police are attending the scene now and investigations are continuing.
In the meantime, the café has had to close.
"We've had to stop trade," Mr Singh said.
"We were hoping to start trade this evening but police told us it will be a crime scene for the next four or five hours so we aren't allowed in.
"I'm devastated because I've got a big 16th birthday tonight and I can't get to my book with their details in to let them know."
Mr Singh said the most important thing was that no one was hurt.
"I am just glad everyone's OK. It was the best result really," he said.
Police have locked the scene down and are searching for the perpetrator now.