Man charged, others still at large, after alleged home invasion in Melbourne's west
A man has been charged after a group allegedly smashed their way into a Melbourne home armed with a rifle, a machete, and a baton, and allegedly assaulted the three people inside.
But police are still searching for several others allegedly behind the attack at a home on Fraser Street in Melton South about 4am on April 2.
A 21-year-old Newcomb man was yesterday arrested over the incident and charged with aggravated home invasion, aggravated burglary, conduct endangering life, prohibited person possess firearm, theft of motor vehicle, use firearm in contravention of Firearm Prohibition Order and breach conditions of bail.
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A 22-year-old Geelong West man was also arrested and charged with possessing cannabis and a 21-year-old Newcomb woman was interviewed and released pending further enquiries after police carried out five search warrants yesterday over the incident.
The searches occurred after police called for the public's help to track down the group behind the "targeted attack" earlier this month, releasing CCTV footage of it.
During the attack, four men wearing balaclavas stormed into the house, firing shots, demanding cash and allegedly assaulted those inside the house – two women aged 44 and 67, and a 31-year-old man.
The man sustained "a significant knife wound" to his face and was later transported to hospital for treatment.
The women suffered minor injuries.
After searching the property, the men found a safe and allegedly stole a significant quantity of jewellery.
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They then fled on foot before allegedly stealing a white Volkswagen Polo from the address, which was later found burnt out on the North Shore.
Police said another vehicle, a White Mazda CX-5 with a sticker on the back windscreen, was also later used by the group.
Officers seized a white Mazda CX-5, a number of knives, what appears to be cannabis and a quantity of white powder during the raids yesterday.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is urged to contact police.
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