Extortion charges laid after man threatens cafe owner

Police have arrested a man over a break-in at a Morayfield business.
Police have arrested a man over a break-in at a Morayfield business. Scott Powick

A 31-year-old who allegedly tried to force a Brisbane café owner into paying him $10,000 will face court on extortion charges after landing in the crosshairs of authorities.

Police believe the man demanded cash from the café owner, threatening him with violence and the loss of his business if he refused.

Queensland Police Service's major crimes unit - Taskforce Maxima - investigated the claims, collaborating with the Joint Counter Terrorism Team within the Australian Federal Police.

The extortion charges carry a possible maximum jail term of 14 years.

The Logan man is to face Brisbane Magistrates Court later this month.

Taskforce Maxima Commander Detective Superintendent Michael Niland said the cafe owner came forward, emboldened by the taskforce's work with criminal bikie gangs.


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