Police have released CCTV images and are appealing for public assistance after a man was allegedly detained and assaulted during an extortion attempt in Sydney’s west last month.
It’s alleged, a 52-year-old man met with two men at a Wentworthville hotel on Tuesday 29 January 2019, where he was detained in a vehicle and driven around the area.
The man’s phone and wallet were taken, and he was assaulted. He was also threatened in an extortion attempt before being released.
Officers from Cumberland and Blacktown Police Area Commands were notified, and with the assistance of the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, launched an investigation.
Following inquiries, a 29-year-old man was arrested at Pendle Hill on Wednesday 30 January 2019 and charged with numerous offences. He remains before the courts.
As inquiries continue, detectives have now released CCTV images of a man they believe can assist with their inquiries.
The man depicted in the image, is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his 20s, of a medium build, with short dark hair and beard. He is wearing a white t-shirt with an ‘adidas’ chest motif, black pants, and white shoes.
As inquiries continue, anyone with information or can identify the men depicted is urged to come forward.
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.