Posted February 24, 2018 05:01:33 An armed robbery has left a woman in a critical condition in hospital with severe facial injuries.
Police have released CCTV footage from a nearby building to help identify the robbers, who are understood to be from North West Victoria.
Detective Sergeant Brian Bickford said the woman was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne after being robbed on the footpath at about 1:00am on Monday.
“The woman suffered significant facial injuries and is currently in a medically-induced coma,” Detective Sergeant Bickfford said.
“Police have released footage from the nearby building which can help identify these three males.”
The woman is believed to have been wearing a white shirt, white trousers and blue shoes.
Police said a backpack was also taken and it’s unclear whether it contained any valuables.
“At this stage of the investigation it is not known whether the stolen items were actually recovered from the victim,” Detective Sgt Bickfford said.
The woman was in a stable condition in a Melbourne hospital, Detective Sergeant John Condon said.
She is described as white, in her 30s, of slim build and around 5ft 9ins tall.
Detectives were called to the scene about 12:30pm after a passer-by reported seeing the robbers in the street.
“She told the passer-bys she had just seen three males in a grey hoodie and a white t-shirt with a backpack on it,” Detective Sergeants Bickflords said.
Detective Inspector Paul Dickson said it was the first time in the area he had been confronted by a robbery.
“This was not an isolated incident,” Detective Inspector Dickson told ABC Local Radio.
“It’s not an incident that we are ever likely to see again.”
A witness to the incident told the ABC that she saw three men walk into the block of flats and steal a number of jewellery from the apartment. “
There is no reason why anyone should be walking in this area.”
A witness to the incident told the ABC that she saw three men walk into the block of flats and steal a number of jewellery from the apartment.
“I think I heard a bang on the door and I saw three people on the balcony,” she said.
Police are urging anyone who saw the three suspects on the night to contact Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stockendes Crime Stackende was set up to help police solve crimes in Victoria.
Crimestoppers provides anonymous, 24-hour help to Victoria’s residents, families and businesses by providing information and information on crime anonymously.
CrimeStoppers is also seeking information about the alleged perpetrators of robberies in Victoria’s north, south and east, including in Brisbane and Brisbane City.
Crime in the community can be reported by calling CrimeStockeundes on 1800 333 000 or by visiting www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.