A MAN charged over yesterday’s deadly fruit shop holdup at Villawood has been refused bail as it emerged a worker allegedly tried to stop the accused gunman fleeing with the store’s cash register when he was shot dead.
Linh Dang, 27, from Sadleir, was charged with murdering Kamran Yousaf, 28, during a bungled armed robbery at Villawood Value Fruit Market about 3.40pm yesterday.
He was alleged armed with a silver pistol during the holdup which he is accused of committing with an accomplice.
Police will allege Dang was about to leave the fruit shop with its cash register when Mr Yousaf grabbed him.
The second man then returned and shot the 28-year-old victim in the head and body before fleeing the scene.
Dang was arrested and charged with armed robbery and Mr Yousaf’s murder, on the basis he was involved in a joint criminal enterprise with the unknown trigger-man, who remains at large.
He didn’t apply for bail and chose not to appear on a video link in Parramatta Bail Court today, and he was ordered to remain in custody until his next scheduled court appearance in April.
In court documents, police said Dang should not be released as he was a “repeat offender” who had committed serious personal violence and property offences.
Police continue the manhunt for the second man.
The victim, believed to be employed at the Villawood Value Fruit Market, was shot in the head and torso about 3.30pm yesterday at the Villawood Place Shopping Centre, which has been targeted by armed thieves several times in recent months.
Ambulance crews reported the worker went into cardiac arrest before dying at the scene. A man was arrested before officers shut down surrounding streets and called in Polair and the dog squad to search for his accomplice.
The arrested man was last night being questioned by detectives at Fairfield police station.
Police claim the pair threatened terrified staff at gunpoint before letting off up to five shots and escaping out the back.
A senior police source said the incident was being viewed as a “robbery gone wrong”.
A teenage girl inside the shop noticed a man with a gun and ran outside to her mother, who raised the alarm.
“She was standing in between the two robbers,” the girl’s mother, who asked not to be identified, said. “She saw a man pull out a handgun while she was near the front counter waiting to be served.”
One man, who declined to give his name, said he heard the incident and tried to resuscitate the victim, who he said looked to be in his 20s.
“I ran in and we tried to perform first aid and he just slipped away in front of us,” he said.
Only days ago a post office across the street from the fruit market was the subject of an armed hold-up by a man with a gun during the afternoon.