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Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 03:11

Police have arrested a man following an alleged carjacking in Hoppers Crossing earlier this month.

It is alleged the man was an occupant of a stolen Ford Falcon which crashed into two parked cars outside a car dealership on Heaths Road about 3.40am on 7 November.

A security guard witnessed the crash and got out of his parked car to inspect the damage when he was approached by the occupants of the stolen vehicle.

Police allege one man forced entry to the victim’s car while four others assaulted him before they took off in the vehicle.

It is alleged the stolen vehicle was used to ram a Holden utility on Ballarat Road in Deer Park about 5am, causing it to spin and hit a tree.

The occupant was treated at the scene for minor injuries and police later recovered the stolen Hyundai Tucson in Deer Park about 10.30am.

Detectives from Taskforce Wayward arrested an 18-year-old man in Werribee on Saturday, 14 November.

The Deer Park man was charged with 14 offences including:

• two counts of theft of motor vehicle

• criminal damage

• two counts of recklessly cause injury

• two counts of unlawful assault

• carjacking

• reckless conduct endangering life

• intentionally damage property

• fail to render assistance

• fail to exchange details following collision

• two counts of intentionally cause injury

Three of the assault-related charges follow an unrelated matter in Werribee on 14 November.

The man faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and was further remanded until 30 November.

The investigation remains ongoing and detectives urge anyone with information in relation to the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Unit

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