A man armed with a rifle robbed a Hastings bar last night, striking an employee with the firearm before fleeing.
The male confronted two staff members at the Horse & Hound Bar & Cafe on Karamu Rd at about 10pm.
Detective Sergeant Craig Vining said the man demanded cash, but despite the staff complying completely with his directions one was struck with the rifle.
"We believe the offender has watched and waited for the bar to empty and for staff to begin closing up before making his move. His actions in the bar indicate some familiarity with the bar layout and surroundings."
A staff member at the bar said it was the first time a robbery had taken place there, but did not want to comment further.
Vining asked for anyone who had seen anything suspicious on the night of, or leading up to, the robbery to contact police.
The offender was described as Maori aged in his mid to late 20s or early 30s, about 180cm tall with a stocky build. He was wearing black clothing and carrying a small bag.
Anyone with information should contact Hastings police on 06 8730500 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
- The Dominion Post