Wednesday, April 24, 2024

79-year-old assaulted in carpark

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance after a 79-year-old man was assaulted at a Central Coast carpark.

Police say that at some time between 6pm and 8pm on Friday 21 August, the elderly man drove to a carpark at the intersection of Anne Findlay Place and Bias Avenue at Bateau Bay, after arranging to meet a person he met through social media.

Upon arrival, the 79-year-old spoke with a man before being pushed to the ground from behind by an unknown number of men.

Police have been told the group demanded cash and his mobile phone, before the elderly man tried to return to his car and leave.

The group followed him and proceeded to punch and kick his vehicle before he drove away.

He attended Wyong Police Station and reported the incident.

Police say the elderly man was uninjured in the incident.

Detectives from Tuggerah Lakes Police District have commenced an investigation into the incident.

One of the men is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 165cm-170cm tall, aged in his late teens to early 20s, with a slim build and short light brown hair.

It’s understood one of the other men was armed with a metal pole.

As police continue their inquiries, investigators are appealing for anyone who may have dashcam or CCTV footage from the nearby area between 5.30pm and 9pm on Friday 21 August, or who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is urged to contact Wyong Police Station or Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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