NIGHT OF MAYHEM IN MELBOURNE’S WEST
Residents are scared and we’re looking out for each other Nearby Hillside resident Alf Catania These are horrendous offences Victoria Police Commander Russell Barrett
11.30pm Thursday Time: Location: Caledonian Cres, Hillside Incident: Four men smash the glass door of a home and enter, they force the 59-year-old female occupant to sit in the front room and strike her across the face causing cuts and bruising. Ten more men enter the house and ransack the home, stealing electrical items and car keys.
9.30pm m Thursday Time: Location: Argylee Way, Taylors Hill Incident: A 17-year-old bboy is robbed and assaulted while walking down the street. Offenders get out of car, demand goods from victim, who refuses. He’s hit with a baseball bat on the legs, dragged and then assaulted.
12.15am Friday Time: Lo ca ti Location: ion: Near Nobel Banks Drive, Cairn lea Inci de Incident: ent: Three or four men punch and kick a 16-year-old boy who was walking down the streets. They steal his mobile phone and demand the passcode.
12.30am Friday y Time: Location: Coleridgeli Drive, i Delahey Incident: Three men force entry into a house by smashing a window beside the door. The intruders flee with a stolen mobile phone after the occupants arm themselves. The offenders drive off in a light-coloured sedan.
1.30am Friday Time: Location: Various locations around Sunshine Incident: Police spot a stolen car on St Albans Road that was believed to have been involved in the earlier incidents, and chase it. Police attempt to intercept the car on Ballarat Road but the vehicle doesn’t stop and police begin pursuit. Car is found a short time later crashed into a fence and power pole on Edna Street. Police chase the occupants on foot but lose them on Suffolk Road.
Police believe all incidents are linked and all offenders are perceived as being of African appearance.
The owners of the Hillside house where a woman was traumatised