Two further men charged by Strike Force Raptor over affray at Haymarket restaurant

Two further men have been charged by the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor over their alleged roles in a violent brawl at a restaurant in Sydney’s CBD earlier this year.

About 1am on Sunday 20 October 2019, five men were seated at a restaurant on Sussex Street, Haymarket, when one of the men became involved in a verbal argument with an unknown man.

Police will allege in court that the unknown man, who was with four other men, produced a knife, before the two groups become involved in a fight.

During the brawl, several chairs and tables were thrown, and a 34-year-old man was punched unconscious.

Numerous members of the community were in the restaurant at the time, however, they were not injured.

Local police commenced inquiries before the investigation was referred to the State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad.

Strike Force Raptor executed four search warrants and charged a 33-year-old man last Thursday (19 December 2019). He is due to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

Following further inquiries, two men – both aged 34 – were arrested by Strike Force Raptor yesterday (Monday 23 December 2019).

Both men were subsequently charged with affray and granted strict conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

Investigations are continuing, and further arrests are expected.

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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