Witnesses sought to incidents in Calwell

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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses or information about a number of incidents that occurred in Calwell recently.

All incidents have involved a man approaching someone walking alone in the evening. Residents in the Calwell area are also urged to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to police.

On Saturday evening (6 June 2020) about 9.40pm a man was approached by a stranger who demanded a phone be handed over. The stranger lunged at the man with a knife and the man suffered a small wound to his hand. The stranger ran off after the incident.

Last night (Tuesday 9 June 2020) three incidents occurred all involving a victims who were engaged by a stranger carrying a knife. 

About 5.00pm a man was asked a question by a stranger and the stranger then lunged at the man with a knife. The man received minor injuries to his hand and neck and the stranger fled the scene.

About 5.30pm a woman was walking near an underpass beneath Johnson Drive when a stranger carrying a knife approached her. The woman ran in the opposite direction and no injuries occurred.

About 7.30pm a man was approached by a stranger carrying a knife near Beazley Crescent, Calwell. The stranger lunged at the man and he received a stab wound to the back. He was transported to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

Police believe these incidents are all linked and likely to have been the result of actions by one person. As the incidents all occurred at night, descriptions of the wanted man have varied. The consistent information is that the man is in his 20’s or 30’s and has dark hair.

Residents in the Calwell area are urged to be aware of their surroundings when out walking and to report any suspicious activity immediately to police on 131444.

Anyone with information about these incidents (including CCTV that captures the man) should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestoppers.com.au quoting reference number 6550531. Information can be provided anonymously.

 

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au