Appeal after attempted robbery and malicious wounding at Wauchope

Police are appealing for public assistance following an alleged attempted robbery and malicious wounding on the Mid North Coast at the weekend.

About 12.30am on Saturday 10 July 2021, a group of four people – including a 21-year-old man – were inside a Honda Accord at the intersection of Tallowood Avenue and Cameron Street, Wauchope, when a group of unknown people approached the vehicle.

Police have been told the group and the 21-year-old engaged in a verbal altercation before they assaulted the man and he was stabbed three times to the chest and torso.

Two other occupants of the vehicle – two men aged 20 and 21 – were also assaulted during the incident.

The group demanded wallets and phones from the occupants before they fled the scene on foot through a nearby park.

Officers from Mid North Coast Police District attended a short time later and established a crime scene.

One of the 21-year-old men was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for treatment to a broken leg and the wounds to his chest and torso.

The other two men and a 21-year-old woman were uninjured.

Following extensive inquiries, two teenage boys – aged 16 and 17 – were arrested at Port Macquarie Police Station about 11.40am the same day.

The younger boy was charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of other(s), and one count each of assault with intent to rob in company, reckless wounding and destroy or damage property, while the older boy was charged with three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and one count each of assault with intent to rob in company and malicious damage.

They were both granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Monday 2 August 2021.

As investigations continue into the alleged incident, detectives are appealing for anyone who may have CCTV footage or may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the surrounding area between 12-midnight and 1am on Saturday 10 July to contact Port Macquarie Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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