UPDATE: Two teens charged with Kalka attempted robbery

A 65 year-old staff member was attacked in an attempted robbery at The Kalka Palms Hotel Motel Saturday morning.
A 65 year-old staff member was attacked in an attempted robbery at The Kalka Palms Hotel Motel Saturday morning. Allan Reinikka ROK090212akalka1

UPDATE 10:45am Sunday: A spokesperson from Queensland Police Service confirmed this morning two youths have been charged in relation to the attempted robbery at Kalka Palms Hotel on Saturday morning. 

"A 15 and 16 year old have both been charged with entering premises with intent to commit indictable offence and armed robbery," the spokesperson said, "It will be alleged around 2.10am they attended the business and assaulted a staff member."   The pair are expected to appear in the Rockhampton Children's Court.  

10AM SATURDAY MORNING: A 65-YEAR-old man was brutally attacked in an attempted robbery in the early hours of this morning at a Rockhampton hotel.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson confirmed the incident occurred at the Kalka Palms Hotel around 2.15am.

Kalka Palms Hotel Venue Manager Shelby Brown told The Morning Bulletin two males entered their gaming room with hats and bandannas over their mouths and were looking around at the tills.

"When our manager asked what they were doing they threw a bucket of water on him, causing him to slip," she said.

While the senior duty manager was on the ground, the robbers attacked him before fleeing in a nearby vehicle.

"They kicked and punched him for about two minutes, threw chairs at him and a pot plant," Ms Brown said.

The manager was taken to hospital where is still undergoing scans and tests.

He's currently in a neck brace and his face is swollen and bruised," Ms Brown said.

"They have done damage to his shoulder."

Ms Brown, who manages the hotel for her parents, was still in shock.

"He is 65 years old, he's been with us for 20 years, when he was on the ground they could have just stopped but they kept attacking him," she said.

"It's so upsetting, I watched the footage and it made me feel sick.

"What they did was just horrific and graphic."

Luckily, the attackers did not leave with any goods or money.

"There was nothing out for them to take out," Ms Brown said.

"We were just finishing up closing up the gaming room."

Ms Brown said she hopes police will be able to identify and charge the attackers.

Just disgusting, everyone is just devastated really," she said.

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