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The 37-year-old appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday where he was granted interim name suppression.
He faces two charges of demanding with menaces after allegedly targeting On the Spot dairy in Wakari on Wednesday night.
The defendant was granted bail without plea by Judge Emma Smith until the end of the month to give him a chance to apply for a lawyer through Legal Aid.
After the incident, the man allegedly fled to Caltex in Taieri Rd.
Police, including members of a dog team, were called to the area after reports of an attempted robbery by a man with a baseball bat.
While the defendant was arrested soon after, there was no mention of a weapon in court charging documents.
Nothing was taken and no-one was injured, police confirmed.
The defendant's bail conditions are:
- To live at a Kaikorai home.
- To abide by a 7pm-7am curfew.
- Not to go to the Wakari shopping centre.
- Not to contact the complainants.