October 13th, 2016
A party guest was stabbed in the chest, stomach and leg in an unprovoked attack outside a Grand Final weekend gathering in Melbourne’s southeast.
The victim, 24 from Berwick, fell to the ground while he and his friend were trying to run away from the attackers after being threatened on a Noble Park street.
The offenders surrounded the man and began assaulting him before one of them repeatedly stabbed the man.
A number of people tried to shield the bleeding man to stop the attack, and the offenders ran down Mons Parade before fleeing in a Holden Commodore.
The victim was taken to Dandenong Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Greater Dandenong Crime Investigation Unit detectives have released CCTV footage as they continue their probe into the attack which occurred on Saturday 1 October.
A CCTV still of two men police are trying to identify. Picture: Victoria Police
The two offenders are described as being African in appearance and aged in their early 20s.
Victoria Police spokeswoman Amelia Penhall said investigators were told the victim and four of his friends arrived at a party on Ian Street 4am.
“The victim and one friend then walked to another car on Robert St a short distance from the party,” Ms Penhall said.
“While at the car, the victim has seen a dark-coloured Holden Commodore sedan, possibly an early 2000s model, drive up and park next to them.
“They have then walked back towards the party on Ian St.
One of the men police want to speak to. Picture: Victoria Police
“As they were walking along Mons Parade the pair heard a person yelling from behind them.
“They have turned and saw the driver and front passenger from the Holden Commodore.”
One man was armed with a knife and the two offenders threatened the victim and his friend.
“They tried to reason with the offenders before they began running back towards the party,” Ms Penhall said.
“The victim tripped and fell and the two offenders assaulted him.”
Police are keen to speak to potential witnesses, particularly two men who had a conversation with the driver of the Holden Commodore shortly after the stabbing.
They would also like to speak to the occupants of a light-coloured SUV who drove along Ian St at the time of the incident.
Police have released images and CCTV of men they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries, as well as two vehicles they are trying to identify.
Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
– Andrea Hamblin