Fisherman allegedly stabbed in random attack on Frankston Pier

A Filipino father-of-three has been identified as the fisherman who was reportedly stabbed by a homeless man in a random and unprovoked attack at Frankston Pier on Saturday.

Andres Pancha, a 45-year-old man from Cranbourne North, was fishing on Frankston Pier in the early hours of the morning when he was targeted in what a witness described as a random and unprovoked assault.

Police have charged Forrest Stevenson, a 36-year-old homeless man and self-proclaimed artist, with murder in connection with the incident.

A witness, visibly shaken, said that he observed the unprovoked ambush just before dawn on Saturday. The witness said there was no argument or talking, and the fisherman did not “stand a chance”.

He said he checked on the 45-year-old victim before calling police and chasing down the attacker. Victoria Police confirmed the attacker and the victim did not know each other.

The witness informed the outlet that the fisherman was targeted randomly, with the attacker appearing to have intended to kill the first person he encountered.

“He came to kill,” the witness stated. “It wasn’t about releasing anger or getting into a fight… he knew his purpose before arriving here.”

“He simply approached, committed the act, and walked away.”

Fisherman allegedly stabbed in random attack on Frankston Pier revealed to be Filipino father-of-three