Michael Milnes, Police Reporter: The Advertiser | July 28, 2008
THREE men wielding a baseball bat and iron bar burst into a hotel and assaulted two people after threatening a man in his home in two terrifying attacks last night.
The pub victims were at the Metro Hotel at Brighton about 11.40pm when three men described as aboriginal burst in to the gaming room, threatening staff and customers with their weapons.
Two people who tried to stop the bandits were assaulted but police said they did not sustain any injuries. The robbers then escaped with an amount of money in a stolen dark grey Holden Caprice.
One is about 170cm in height with black hair and was wearing a black, hooded top. Another is aged about 16-18, is about 172cm in height and was wearing a black and white mask and the third was wearing a white, hooded top.
About 20 minutes earlier, three men fitting the same description confronted a man in the yard of his home at Hove.
The resident confronted one of the men in his backyard. The intruder then scaled a fence and escaped.
The resident then ran through his house and into his front yard, where he was confronted by two more men threatening him with a knife.
He then barricaded himself in his house, the intruders trying unsucessfully to gain entry.
Any with information on the incidents are asked to contact police on CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.