Detectives appeal for public assistance following Tarneit armed robbery and kidnapping

Tuesday 9 January 2024 4:19am – 

Westgate Divisional Response Unit detectives are appealing for public assistance following an armed robbery and kidnapping in Tarneit on 29 October.

Police have been told that the victim was walking through the Wotten Road Reserve, near the intersection of Cuttlefish Circuit and Colias Walk about 7.10 pm, when he was approached by three male teens.

One of the teens threatened the 24-year-old victim with a knife before demanding he hand over his mobile phone.

A scuffle ensued during which the victim sustained an injury to his hand before the trio fled the scene with his mobile phone.

A short time later, investigators believe that the same trio of offenders approached a second male victim as he was seated inside his white Toyota Camry parked on Cuttlefish Circuit.

One of the three offenders produced a knife and demanded that all three be driven to a carpark on Wooten Road.

The victim drove to the carpark where the trio fled the Toyota on foot.

The 20-year-old victim was not injured.

Detectives have released CCTV and images of three males who they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

The first male is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, aged in his teens, with a black moustache and a long black mullet. He was seen wearing a blue Nike jumper and black track pants.

The second male is perceived to be African in appearance, aged in his teens with an afro hairstyle. He was seen wearing a black tracksuit and dark coloured sneakers.

The third male is perceived to be African in appearance and aged in his teens. He was seen wearing a grey hoodie, dark trackpants and carrying a dark coloured bum bag.

Anyone with information, dashcam/CCTV footage or who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at