Moorabbin Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Cheltenham this morning.
Police have been told a 57-year-old Footscray man was working as a painter on Jellicoe Street about 11am.
He walked to his car parked on Jellicoe Street near Chesterville Road when he was approached by two unknown males about 11.40am.
It is believed a verbal altercation occurred between the three men when the victim received a stab wound to the lower back.
The males fled the scene and were last seen running towards the Nepean Highway.
The victim returned to work when he realised the extent of his injuries and raised the alarm.
He was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
The two males are perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, tall and both were wearing dark clothing and carrying satchel bags.
One man was wearing red shoes.
Investigators are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone that may have been in the area with dash-cam footage.
They are particularly keen for local residents to check any CCTV they may have that captured the males fleeing the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au