Accused Sydney robber flees to Chinese consulate

AP News
Posted: Dec 29, 2011 9:02 PM
Accused Sydney robber flees to Chinese consulate

Australian police have arrested a man accused of robbing a Sydney bar and then inadvertently fleeing to the grounds of the Chinese consulate, sparking a tense manhunt.

New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch says police were chasing the man Friday when he scaled the fence surrounding the nearby consulate grounds. Murdoch says the man and police traded gunfire, but no one was hit.

Police shut down roads around the consulate and secured the complex before finding the man in a building outside the consulate grounds several hours later. He was arrested.

Police also arrested the man's alleged accomplice outside the bar. Officials did not release the men's names.

Murdoch says the man's decision to flee to the consulate grounds was random.