Sydney: a week in crime

A look at an ordinary week of Sydney crime ...

Taxi driver arrested - Kogarah, 4 November 2007

Police have arrested a taxi driver in relation to the assault on a woman in Sydney’s south this morning. The 18-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted following a taxi trip from Paddington to Kogarah about 1.30am.
Stabbing - City, 4 November 2007
A man remains in a critical condition with stab wounds following an incident in Sydney’s CBD last night. About 11pm, the 24-year-old man was stabbed during a fight at Tumbalong Park in the Darling Harbour precinct ... They are searching for a man described as being of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean appearance, with a slim build and short black hair.
Man charged with murder – Dural, 3 November 2007
A man will appear in court today charged with murder after an incident in Dural overnight. About 11pm, a 32-year-old Canley Vale man presented himself to Fairfield Police Station. A firearm was surrendered to police. After speaking with the man, police went to a house on Old Northern Road at Dural where they discovered the body of a man with head injuries.
Attempt sexual assault – Redfern, 3 November 2007
Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault in Alexandria yesterday. About 1.30pm, a 27-year-old woman answered a knock at the door of her Mitchell Road home. A man, claiming to be a maintenance worker, entered her unit and threatened to sexually assault her. She smashed a mirror and slashed at the man with a shard of glass. He ran from the unit via the front door ... The man has been described to police as being in his late teens, of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, 170cm tall with a thin build. He has a large cut to his cheek.
Appeal for information after semi hit – St Clair, 3 November 2007
Police are appealing for information from the public following an incident where the window of a truck was smashed at St Clair overnight. About 8.30pm, a semi trailer was travelling east along the M4 when the driver noticed two young people on the northern embankment near the Bennett Road overpass. The passenger window has smashed, spraying glass inside the cabin. The 61-year-old driver, who was the sole occupant, stopped his vehicle and contacted police.
Two men shot in leg – Liverpool, 3 November 2007
Police are investigating a shooting incident which occurred in Liverpool today. About 3.30am, a group of people were walking along Macquarie Street when two men in a red Magna started arguing with them. The men got out of their vehicle and an altercation occurred. A man returned to the car then shot two of the men in the leg. The two men got into their car and drove away.
Appeal for help over Hornsby sex assaults, 2 November 2007
Hornsby Police are appealing for information from the public following a number of incidents where women have been sexually assaulted. Investigators are now investigating possible links between three incidents.

The first incident reported to police occurred on Wednesday 25 July in Hunter Street, Hornsby, about 2.15am. A 29-year-old woman has told police she was walking home from the railway station area when she was grabbed from behind by a man and sexually assaulted. The man is described as being about 173cm-176cm tall, with a solid to fat build, aged in his mid 30s to 40s, with an olive complexion. At the time the man was said to be wearing a black bra and black lace underpants.

The second incident occurred on Saturday 20 October at 1.30am where a man – with a similar description but this time wearing a pink bikini top and yellow bikini pants – assaulted a woman walking in Bellbrook Avenue. The man in this incident was said to have a “number 2” style-cropped haircut.

The third incident occurred on Tuesday 30 October when a woman was assaulted by a man as she walked along Bellbrook Avenue about 1am. At this time the man was said to be wearing beige ¾-length shorts, with no shirt or shoes. He was described as being in his late 20s, with a thin build and a tanned complexion.
Police to target alcohol-fuelled crime through high-visibility operations, 2 November 2007
Police have launched several new high-visibility campaigns across Sydney this summer to combat alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour and crime. Historically, the summer months see an increase in alcohol-related crime and violence, such as assault and street offences, and over the coming months police will conduct several new operations in a bid to stamp-out such acts ...
Five arrested, machetes seized – Auburn, 2 November 2007
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Asian Crime Squad have arrested and charged five men at Auburn overnight. Officers attached to Strike Force Cobblestone arrested the five men in the car park of a business in Northumberland Street shortly before 10.30pm. At the same time police seized a number of items at the scene including three machetes, two knives, and more than $5000 cash. The five men, aged between 19 and 24, were taken to Parramatta Police Station where they were charged ...
Armed Robbery - Fairfield, 2 November 2007
Police are appealing for information from the public after an armed robbery at Fairfield in Sydney’s south-west overnight. About 11:20pm a 25-year-old man was walking along Hamilton Road when three males approached him from behind. One of the males produced a 40cm rod and demanded the victim’s wallet before taking the victim’s mobile phone and backpack. The victim then ran from the scene and whilst doing so saw the offenders running down Hamilton Road towards the CBD. The males are described as Asian appearance, aged 18-20, slim build, 170-175cm tall, with short black hair. The armed male was wearing a black cap and a light green t-shirt. One of the other males was also wearing a black cap and a white t-shirt.
Armed Robbery - Penrith, 2 November 2007
Police are appealing for information from the public after an armed robbery at Penrith in Sydney’s west overnight. About 7pm a man entered a food shop on The Crescent, produced a knife and demanded money from staff. The man then jumped the counter and stole a sum of cash from the register before fleeing on foot. He was chased by a staff member and was last seen in Thurston Avenue. The man is described as being aged 25-30, pale complexion, wearing black and grey cargo pants.
Man charged with drug matters - City, 1 November 2007
The Central Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad has arrested a man at an apartment at Alexandria after seizing several thousand ecstasy tablets. Police will allege that an undercover operative was able to purchase several thousand ecstasy tablets during an investigation extending over several months. Earlier today (Thursday 1 November 2007), officers executed a search warrant at an apartment in Euston Road. Police will alleged that during the operation they obtained 3500 ecstasy tablets with an estimated potential street value of $105000. A 26-year-old man was arrested at the apartment and taken to Surry Hills Police Station for questioning.
Woman charged and cannabis plants worth $85k seized - Lansvale, 1 November 2007
A woman has been charged after a search warrant was executed on a drug premises at Lansvale yesterday. About 4:15pm, after extensive inquiries by Cabramatta Detectives, a search warrant was executed on a house in Willis Street. Police located two enhanced indoor cannabis cultivation systems operating inside the premises along with 34 cannabis plants. These were seized along with hydroponic equipment including shades, lamps and transformers. It is estimated the potential street distribution value of the cannabis plants seized is approximately $85,000. A female and six men at the premises were arrested and taken to Cabramatta Police Station where they were questioned. The six men were released while the 43-year-old woman was charged with cultivate prohibited plant and stealing electricity.
Man charged with murder - Sylvania, 1 November 2007
A man will face court this morning after being charged over the murder of a man at Sylvania in Sydney’s south yesterday. About 5:30pm a 66-year-old man was watering the front lawn of his house on Formosa Street. A man walking past the house approached the 66-year-old and a verbal argument ensued relating to water restrictions. The 66-year-old reportedly wet the man with the hose. He allegedly responded by punching and pushing the 66-year-old to the ground and kicking him. An off-duty police officer intervened and arrested the 36-year-old Sylvania man. The 66-year-old was treated by ambulance officers and taken to St George Hospital in a critical condition but died soon after. The 36-year-old was taken to Miranda Police Station and questioned before being charged with murder.
Man charged over 2003 shooting death at Merrylands, 31 October 2007
A man has appeared in court this afternoon charged over the shooting death of a father-of-five outside his home in Sydney’s south-west in 2003. Sayed Frangieh was shot dead on the front porch of his home in Bristol Street, Merrylands, about 8pm on Sunday 7 December as he went to investigate the sound of gunfire. A number of other people were at home at the time of the incident, however, no-one else was injured during the shooting. Strike Force Jean was established to investigate the incident and, as a result of extensive inquiries, a 30-year-old man was arrested at Penrith Police Station shortly after 10am today.
Man charged after hydroponic house located — Asian Crime Squad, 31 October 2007
Asian Crime Squad detectives have seized more than 130 cannabis plants and charged a man overnight following a raid on a house in Sydney’s west. Detectives executed a search warrant on a home in Carpenter Street, Colyton, about 10pm yesterday after inquiries indicated that cannabis was being grown inside. It will be alleged detectives located 139 cannabis plants, worth an estimated potential street value of $280,000, inside four rooms of the house. A 45-year-old man was arrested without incident at the scene and taken to Penrith Police Station for questioning.
Two men charged, firearm and clan lab located — Bass Hill, 31 October 2007
Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad officers have charged two men overnight and located a clandestine drug lab during a raid at Bass Hill. Officers attached to Strike Force Salway executed a search warrant on a home on the Hume Highway about 4.45pm yesterday and found six adults and two children. It will be alleged police located illicit drugs on two of the men, who were arrested and taken to Bankstown Police Station for questioning. During a search of the home Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad officers located a rifle, small quantities of crystal methylamphetamine ('ice') and MDMA ('ecstasy'). It will also be alleged chemicals and paraphernalia associated with the manufacture of prohibited drugs was found throughout the premises, including the garage. Specialist Drug Squad officers attended the scene last night and are expected to return this morning to dismantle the clandestine laboratory. A 35-year-old man is due to appear in Bankstown Local Court today charged with deal with property suspected of being proceeds of crime, possess prohibited drug, conduct drug premises and found on drug premises. Meanwhile, a 31-year-old man was conditionally bailed to appear in Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday 21 November charged with possess prohibited drug, found on drug premises and two counts of goods in custody.
Man charged with murder - Cronulla, 31 October 2007
A man will face court after being charged over the murder of a woman in Sydney’s south yesterday. About 7am police were called to a unit on Seaview Street, Cronulla, where they found the body of a 68-year-old woman suffering stab wounds. Officers arrested a 62-year-old man at the unit. He was taken to Miranda Police Station and subsequently charged with murder.
Police investigate armed robbery - Bonnyrigg Heights, 29 October 2007
Police are appealing for public assistance following an armed robbery at Bonnyrigg Heights in Sydney’s south-west. About 9.50pm yesterday it’s believed a 43-year-old man has stepped from his vehicle after arriving home at Wilson Road before being approached by two men, allegedly armed with firearms. One of the men has allegedly threatened him with the weapon demanding money, before forcing him to the ground while the second man searched the vehicle. The men then made another demand for money before hitting him in the head with the firearm. A substantial sum of cash was stolen before the two men fled the scene in a red vehicle ... Police are seeking two men believed to be wearing dark clothing, balaclavas and gloves during the incident.
Man charged following car-jacking - Chipping Norton, 29 October 2007
A man has been charged by police and will appear in court today following an alleged aggravated assault and car-jacking at Chipping Norton in Sydney’s south-west last month. On Thursday 6 September, it’s believed an 18-year-old man has test-driven a Black Honda Integra advertised for sale, with the 29-year-old male owner also present. At a location on Barry Road, the man has stopped the car near a parked truck, before another man approached the vehicle, opening the front passenger door and allegedly hitting the 29-year-old man repeatedly with a baseball bat. The two men allegedly dragged him from the car before driving from the scene. He sustained wounds to his head and had several teeth knocked out during the incident. An 18-year-old Fairfield West man was arrested by police yesterday and taken to Liverpool Police Station for questioning.
Shooting charges - Claymore, 28 October 2007
A man and woman arrested following a shooting incident at Claymore in Sydney’s south-west overnight have been charged. About midnight a man was at a residence on Preston Way with three friends when a number of shots were fired into the house. A Ford Falcon station wagon was seen leaving the scene immediately following the shooting. Police were contacted and conducted a search of the surrounding area, arresting a 55-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman nearby and taking them to Macquarie Fields Police Station. The woman, from Claymore, was charged with two counts of shoot at person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, discharge loaded arms with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm to person and possess unregistered firearm. The man, also from Claymore, was charged with shoot at person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possess unregistered firearm, possess ammunition and shoot at person with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm (accessory before the fact).
Four face court brawl - Haymarket, 28 October 2007
Four men will face court after a hotel brawl in the city overnight. Shortly after 3am police were called to a hotel on Dixon Street, Haymarket, following reports a large group of people were involved in a fight. It is believed that there was an altercation between two groups of people during which a knife was produced. Police from City Central Local Area Command attended and arrested four men. One of the men, aged 47 from Fairfield, was taken to Sydney Hospital to be treated for a laceration to his head.
Police seek information following armed robbery - Kensington, 28 October 2007
Police are seeking public assistance following an armed robbery at Kensington in central Sydney early this morning. About 1am it’s believed two males, allegedly armed with knives, have entered a hotel on Anzac Parade. The males have allegedly threatened staff inside, demanding money. A sum of cash has been stolen before they fled the scene north along Doncaster Avenue in an unknown vehicle. Police believe the males may have had their heads covered.
Police seek assistance following stabbing - Minto, 28 October 2007
Police are seeking public assistance following a stabbing incident at Minto in Sydney’s south-west overnight. Just after midnight, it’s believed a 34-year-old was involved in an altercation at a home on Minorca Way. It’s alleged the man was stabbed numerous times before police were contacted. Officers from Macquarie Fields Local Area Command attended the location and conducted investigations. The 34-year-old man sustained puncture wounds to the stomach and was taken to Liverpool Hospital for treatment.
Via NSW Police

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