Police investigating bizarre robbery in CBD that sent man to hospital with head injuries

by | Dec 16, 2020 | Cops | 0 comments

Police are attempting to track down the assailants of a 37-year-old man in Mitchell St overnight who was hospitalised after sustaining lacerations to the head following an attack by a group of young men who bumped his vehicle, NT police said.

Around 10pm Tuesday night, the victim was driving his vehicle along Peel St towards the Esplanade when he was nudged from behind by a silver vehicle with several young men onboard, Watch Commander Andrew Heath told ABC Radio Darwin Wednesday morning.

Cmdr Heath said the victim pulled over and was approached by two males. It was unclear if the victim stepped out of his car.

The assailants then demanded personal belongings from the victim but when he refused, he was attacked.

It was not disclosed what personal belongings the robbers were asking for and if that included his vehicle.

“The victim refused, and he was chased to the front entrance of a hotel located on the Esplanade,” Cmdr Heath said.

It is unclear if the man was chased on foot or with the vehicle.

Cmdr Heath added that the victim tried to seek refuge at the unnamed hotel in the Esplanade. But when he was approaching the hotel entrance, he was struck to the head multiple times with an unknown weapon by one of the assailants.

“Hotel security have come to the victim’s assistance and the offenders have run away towards Knuckey St,” he said.

The victim sustained multiple lacerations to his head and has been rushed to the Royal Darwin Hospital. Police did not provide details on the severity of the man’s medical condition.

“Obviously, this matter will be under investigation for the rest of the day and we are going to be reviewing all the CCTV in the area to identify the assailants and the offending vehicle,” Cmdr Heath said.

“What we got is just a group of young males that have hopped out of the car after they’ve nudged him and assaulted the individual, so if anyone has witnessed it or knows anything about it they can call police on 131444.”

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