North West Metro Regional Crime Squad detectives have arrested and charged four youths following an investigation into several alleged incidents in the western suburbs.
On Wednesday 13 March a group of male youths approached a man on Beachley Street, Braybrook about 7.20pm and allegedly attempted to steal his phone.
A short time later a 45-year-old Braybrook man was allegedly assaulted by a group of male youths in Braybrook. The man was located unconscious by emergency services on Rochester Street about 7.30pm. He was conveyed to hospital where he remains in a stable condition with what are believed to be serious long-term injuries.
On Tuesday 19 March a group of male youths allegedly entered a store on Murnong Street, Point Cook and stole four mobile phones.
On Sunday 28 April a male victim was approached by a group of male youths on Harvester Road, Sunshine. It is believed the group made threats towards the victim and stole his mobile phone.
Warrants were executed across the western suburbs this morning following a thorough investigation.
Four teens were arrested and have each been charged with more than 10 offences including intentionally and recklessly cause serious injury in circumstances of gross violence, violent disorder, robbery and attempted robbery.
They include three males aged 16-years-old and one male aged 15-years-old from the western suburbs. Two of the individuals have been remanded to appear at a court at a later date, and the other two individuals will present at a court this evening.
In March and April another four male youths were arrested and charged in relation to the alleged assault in Braybrook. They have been remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date.
Victoria Police Commander Tim Hansen said police would not tolerate violent behaviour on the streets.
“It’s really concerning to see four teens facing court today on serious charges including intentionally and recklessly cause serious injury,” Cmdr Hansen said.
“We can’t forget the impact violent crime has on innocent victims going about their daily business, it causes an unacceptable level of harm and fear throughout the community.
“That is why we will continue to work tirelessly to hold criminals who are committing violent crimes to account.”