Youth arrested for allegedly spitting in police officers’ face after property damage incident

by | Sep 22, 2020 | Cops | 1 comment

A 13-year-old boy has been apprehended after he allegedly kicked and spat at NT Police Officers in Tennant Creek, following a group of youths allegedly damaging cars and a service station with sticks and rocks over the weekend.

Police say they started a search for the group after they rampaged through Paterson Street, in the middle of the town, on Saturday at about 1.30pm.

Allegedly armed with rocks and sticks, police say the group threatened a number of staff on the street with violence.

Police allege the youth also damaged parked cars and glass panels of the service station on Paterson Street before dispersing.

NT Police spokesman Rob Cross said the youth fled the area and no one was injured during the incident.

Detectives from the Tennant Creek Investigations Division found two 10-year-old boys shortly after the incident who were arrested for allegedly being involved in the incident.

Mr Cross said the pair will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.

Police were also able to identify and locate another youth allegedly part of the group.

“A 13-year-old boy, who was involved in the incident, was identified and apprehended during which time it is alleged he kicked and spat at officers,” Mr Cross said.

“He was transported to the Tennant Creek Watch House where he continued to be aggressive towards police and is alleged to have spat in an officer’s face.

“He will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.”

Police say they are still pursuing inquiries to identify the remaining youth involved in the property damage and threats towards staff.

However, police have not released further information on the number of youth involved in the incident.

Police are urging anyone with information which may assist with their investigations, to contact them on 131 44 or report it anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and reference PROMIS number 9426717.

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