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Dramatic Moment Patron Punches Machete-Wielding Robber In The Face

It's the moment most of us would never think about facing when we pop down to the local.

A machete-wielding man. A threat of violence. And then -- a punch.

Detectives from the Armed Crime Squad in Victoria released CCTV footage of the dramatic moment a patron at a gaming venue in St Albans punched an armed robber in the face.

Photo: Victoria Police.

It's part of their investigation into a series of armed offences at gaming venues around the area -- one of which already occurred at the same venue a few months earlier.

Investigators were told last November, two men armed with a machete and a metal pole smashed a window to access to the Clubhouse Place venue.

Security staff were able to alert staff inside, who then locked themselves in a secure office.

But CCTV footage has captured one of the gaming venue's patrons fronting up to the man wielding the machete and punching him in the face.

The patron walked up to the man and punched him in the face. Photo: Victoria Police.

The man then falls to the ground, and the patron is then seen kicking him a few times.

In the end, the two men fled empty-handed. The patron suffered minor cuts to the head but was otherwise unhurt.

It's the latest in a string of incidents at gaming venues around the area, which police think may be linked. They're hoping by releasing the CCTV footage, the two men will be identified.

"Somebody in the community is likely to know who these people are and we are urging them to come forward," Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said.

Police have released an impression of one of the suspects. Photo: Victoria Police.

"We're hopeful that people will see this footage and the images today and be able to provide us with the information we need."

A string of armed robberies at a post office in Deer Park in June, a gaming venue on Gillespie Road, Kings Park in November, and at the same Clubhouse Place venue, also in June, have police keen to catch the offenders.

"It's probably only luck up to this point that someone hasn't been seriously injured," Thomas said.

A Holden Commodore VE sedan is believed to be involved in the incidences. Photo: Victoria Police.

The first man involved is described as being of a solid build, medium height, of Maori or Islander appearance with a New Zealand accent, while the second man is described as having a slim build, of medium height, and with an Australian accent. He appears to be of a Caucasian appearance.

A Holden Commodore VE sedan with a partial registration of 'PN' is also believed to have been used during the incidents.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report online.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au