Kirwan cops challenge city’s thugs
KIRWAN’S top cop has vowed to follow up on reports a gang of 15 armed youths forced a family to barricade themselves in their home.
He said he would those responsible.
T h e r e a s s u r a n c e c o mes after Bulletin readers were yesterday outraged over the gang threatening Kelso man Wayne Rossow and his family. They reportedly arrived in five cars and armed with a baseball bat.
Kirwan police officer-incharge Senior-Sergeant Gary Eddiehausen said the issue arose from a dispute early Saturday morning, when two people were allegedly assaulted during a party at the house.
Sen-Sgt Eddiehausen said the assault complaints were being investigated by Kirwan
arrest police. He said t h e f a c t a g r o u p o f youths had deci ded t o r et u r n t o t h e party to take the law into t h e i r o w n hands meant they could find themselves in more trouble.
‘‘ We’ll be identifying who those people are and they’ll be investigated,’’ he said.
‘‘ If the circumstances are such that we can prove a charge, they’ll be charged and appear before a court.’’
Sen-Sgt Eddiehausen said the best thing to do if a disturbance or confrontation arose was to call police immediately and let officers diffuse the situation.
Mr Rossow previously told the Bulletin Monday night’s incident made him feel like his home was a ‘‘ prison’’ because he could not leave for fear of being attacked.
‘ ‘ They d i d n’ t c r o s s
t he boundary of our property so the police couldn’t do anything,’’ he said.
‘‘ I couldn’t go outside my property because this is giving them permission to assault me.’’
The stand-off outraged Bulletin readers yesterday, with many saying online the story proved offenders had more rights than law-abiding citiz e n s . H o w e v e r , S e n - S g t Eddiehausen said those involved in the confrontation could face a range of charges after police finished investigating the matter.
He said the worst thing for people to do would be to stoop to the same levels as neighbourhood thugs.
‘‘ We don’t condone the actions of any person who takes the law into their own hands and they’ll be the subject of some swift police action if they do,’’ he said.
To report a disturbance, call Townsville police on 4759 9777 o r C r i m e S t o p p e r s o n 1800 333 000.