Man charged following pub robbery

Police tape
Police tape

A 29-year-old Crawley man has been charged with robbery, police said.

Benjamin Russo, 29, a construction worker, of Punch Copse Road, appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Friday (August 4).

He was charged with robbery and possession of an imitation firearm, said police.

Police were called to The Swan pub in Horsham Road just after 1pm on Thursday (August 3), after a suspected armed robbery.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “A man went into the pub and demanded money from the till and threatened bar staff with what was believed to be a gun.

“He managed to get away with some cash and ran away. Officers attended and within half an hour arrested a man nearby.

“No pleas were taken and Russo was remanded in custody to stand trial at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, September 1, at 10.15am.”

Detective Inspector Jon Robeson added: “We are keen to speak to anyone who saw a man running away from the pub shortly after 1.10pm. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting serial 618 of 03/08.”

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