Man, 19, arrested and charged with stabbing a shop assistant at the David Jones flagship store – with an alleged female accomplice still not found
- Man arrested and charged with stabbing shop assistant
- A David Jones employee was stabbed when a thief stole a designer handbag
A man who allegedly stabbed a saleswoman trying to stop an alleged robbery of a designer handbag at Melbourne’s David Jones Emporium has been charged.
It is alleged that a male member of staff confronted a man and a woman when they attempted to steal the handbag from the Little Bourke Street department store shortly before noon on May 16.
When Saint Laurent’s sales assistant tried to stop the man, he allegedly stabbed him in the arm.
The man then fled with his female accomplice and the staff member was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police have charged a man with the alleged stabbing of a shop assistant in Melbourne as the employee attempted to stop a robbery of a David Jones designer handbag on Little Bourke Street (pictured)
On Friday, detectives raided two properties in Maidstone and Ascot Vale, Victoria, and arrested two men.
During the search, police also seized a firearm and an amount of drugs, including heroin and amphetamine.
The 19-year-old Maidstone man was charged in connection with the alleged stabbing of David Jones.
He was charged with intentionally causing injury, multiple thefts, firearms violations, drug charges and committing a felony while on bail.
He will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday evening.
An 18-year-old Ascot Vale man was also arrested on charges unrelated to the alleged stabbing.
The police say he is helping them with their investigation.
Victorian police continue to search for the identity and whereabouts of an alleged female accomplice in the stabbing incident.
A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with the alleged stabbing of David Jones after a property was raided in Maidstone on Friday morning
Following the incident, David Jones released a statement saying they continue to work on strengthening their store security.
“For David Jones, the safety of our team members, the team members of our concession partners and our customers is paramount,” the statement read.
“Our thoughts are with the team member and we are assisting the police in their investigation into this incident.
“Across the country, retailers are seeing increasing incidents of theft and violence against employees.
“This is completely unacceptable and we continue to cooperate with the police and have appropriate security measures in place in our store network.”