Filtered police reports suggest that the officers were not equipped to handle a group of young Africans who destroyed an Airbnb during a rampage in which two other apartments in the complex were looted and a violent fight broke out.
Since then, Victoria police have denied that local officials have not received enough resources to control the savage fight at the Neo 200 residential building in downtown Melbourne.
Accusations that officers said they would not attend the scene unless someone was stabbed have been vehemently denied, The Australian reported.
The tenants were surprised to wake up on Sunday morning before the commotion, in which dozens of partygoers fought in the corridors of the building.
A group of young Africans tore apart an Airbnb during an uproar in which two other apartments in the complex were looted and a violent fight broke out
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Deb Abbott told 3AW: "The notes we got (from the officers at the scene) were that people were scattering down the stairs and possibly with knives … we got people there very quickly, they had already dispersed ", He said.
It is understood that the same young people may be connected to two aggravated robberies in the same apartment building.
"In fact, we've arrested four people, that's the robbery … now we're investigating whether all of these incidents, including aggravated theft in the towers, are related."
Neo 200 is a residential building in the center of the city of Melbourne, and the tenants were surprised to wake up on Sunday morning before the commotion
Police attended the 37-story tower at 7 am in response to complaints and accusations of noise Up to 40 people were involved and possibly armed with knives.
While the party had dispersed when the police arrived, they found the apartment that had been rented in chaos, with personal items scattered in corridors and much of the interiors destroyed.
The vandalism included holes in the walls, broken doors, broken plates and empty alcohol bottles scattered.
Investigators will use the building's CCTV to identify the criminals.
An unidentified resident told the Herald Sun that a fire alarm had been thrown and the police had been called.
"I heard the police and I saw a group of young people running across the street," the resident said.
The residents of the quiet apartment were awakened by the commotion in the corridors and public areas (in the photo is the group of apartments)
The incident is just the latest in a series of serious infractions on Airbnbs across the state.
More recently, Laa Chol, 19, was murdered in a rented apartment from the service in the EQ building.
In April, the police were summoned to a fight where they were attacked with firewood and trash containers, and only a few months before they were attacked with stones and destroyed houses in a separate incident.
New laws have been implemented in the state, including a blacklisting function.
Guests are also responsible for property damage, being too noisy or having bad behavior, which could result in a $ 1100 fine.
Ms. Abbott rejected reports that the police lacked the resources to deal with the chaos in the latest offense, saying that although the air wing and the dog squad were not available, the disarticulation plan of the force party was more holistic what's that?
He added that the police could be of greater help to the community if they are informed in advance about the events.
"The short-term rental market has produced a lot of changes," he said.
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The four people who were arrested are between the ages of 17 and 20.