Li Ma and Xiaolin Yu at A and J Chinese in Pottsville which was robbed on Tuesday night.
Li Ma and Xiaolin Yu at A and J Chinese in Pottsville which was robbed on Tuesday night.

Worker hurt in hold-up

A POTTSVILLE family has been left devastated after an armed robbery at their business left one family member in hospital with 11 stitches to the face.

David Yu and his family own A and J Chinese on Phillips St in Pottsville which was robbed at 9pm (NSW) on Tuesday.

The incident took place when a man entered the restaurant and assaulted a male employee before demanding cash from a female employee.

The man threatened staff with a knife, before obtaining cash and running from the location with another man who had been waiting outside.

"A man rushed into the store and hit my brother-in-law in the face," Mr Yu said.

"He needed 11 stitches but he is at home now after being taken to the Tweed Hospital.

"My wife was in the store during the attack but she is okay, just very shaken up after the incident.

"I was at the caravan park when it happened and I came back to the store when I heard."

Mr Yu said the men stole hundreds of dollars from his family business.

"They took about $700 from us and we are all very upset," he said.

"My dad is quite upset about what has happened because it is a lot of money.

"But we are very lucky that nobody was seriously injured."

Mr Yu said he hoped residents would pass any information along to police.

"We are also looking for security equipment in the Tweed area. If anybody can help us, please call us," Mr Yu said.

Police from Tweed Byron Local Area Command attended the scene and conducted inquiries.

Detectives would like to speak to two men they believe may be able to assist with inquiries.

The first man is described as having a muscular/solid build and being about 187cm tall.

The second man is described as being of large build and about 170cm tall.

Both men were wearing blue-coloured clothing, balaclavas and gloves at the time of the incident.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact Tweed Byron Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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