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A man has been arrested after an alleged robbery outside a Napier supermarket.

Hawke's Bay police arrested a 34-year-old man after an alleged robbery outside Pakin Seo Tematia.  (File photo)

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Hawke’s Bay police arrested a 34-year-old man after an alleged robbery outside Pakin Seo Tematia. (File photo)

Hawke’s Bay police arrested a 34-year-old man on Sunday in connection with an alleged robbery outside Pakin Sio Tamtia.

The man allegedly approached a man in his car, presented him with a hammer and demanded that he get out of the car.

He pulled her out of the driver’s seat and threatened her when a security guard tried to intervene.

But the man was unable to get the vehicle into gear, so police fled on foot before reaching the scene.

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Police issued a search warrant at the man’s home on Tuesday afternoon and charged him with robbery.

“It was a terrible experience for our victims and we are happy to have an immediate arrest,” said Acting Detective Sergeant James Forge.

“It was a random attack but the people have a right to feel safe in these circumstances.”

The man has been remanded in custody for reappearing in Napier District Court on September 22.

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