A woman whose house was stormed by four criminals during a two-day crime fight during the weekend claims that she and her husband and 65-year-old mother-in-law had lasted the conversation while the teenagers demanded money and car keys.
& # 39; The entire ordeal took about 30 minutes and we thought we would be killed or stabbed & # 39 ;, the woman said, & # 39; Jane & # 39; called, tears full 3AW on Wednesday.
Jane said the group entered with sharp knives and stole more from her kitchen to arm themselves.
After the trio entered the bedroom, the criminals first threatened the life of Jane's mother-in-law before pointing their weapons at her.
& # 39; They pulled her (my mother-in-law's) hair and held the knife to her throat and told my husband and I that if we didn't give them everything we had they would kill her, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Then they put the knives on me, and they were beating my husband while they were trying to get the car keys. & # 39;
A group of men, described by the police as being of African descent, are said to have broken into a house (photo) on Tuesday at 4 o'clock in the morning on Avoca Avenue in Mernda, Northeast Melbourne.
Jane said that two members of the group covered their faces with black bandanas, while the other two did not cover their faces. She said the attack, while horrifying, seemed disorganized, with men running in and out of the bedroom shouting at each other in a different language.
Jane and her family have not lived in Melbourne for long, and the woman said she had no idea why their house was targeted.
The police have released an image of Ali Sari (photo), who reportedly participated in the two-day home invasion attack on Sunday and Monday
& # 39; I don't know (when I feel safe again), & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Every time we hear a loud noise, we are frightened, every time we see someone who looks like the people who came in, we stay away.
& # 39; It has completely changed us, I don't know if we can go back to the people we were before. & # 39;
Victoria's police minister, Lisa Neville, said the police would throw everything to catch these people.
& # 39; These are horrific crimes and they leave an incredible scar on people & she said.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday for the crime.
He was charged with one count of aggravated burglary, three counts of house invasion, five counts of motor vehicle theft and three counts of theft.
The police are now begging the parents of the other suspects to help stop and catch them.
Officers have released a photo of 18-year-old Ali Sari, from Shepparton, who is said to have participated in the invasions of the house.
Commander Stuart Bateson, head of Taska's African government task force, told 3AW that the group & # 39; no signs of delay & # 39; showed.
He said that all four men wanted about the crime had been previously convicted of similar crimes and the police knew what they were looking for.
The Victorian police minister Lisa Neville said that these types of crimes are an & # 39; incredible scar & # 39; leave behind with the victims
A group of men described as being of African descent are accused of house invasions and car thefts in Melbourne during Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Around 8.40 pm on Sunday, four men broke into a house in Bentleigh East.
One of the men was allegedly armed with a knife and threatened the owners, a 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, both of whom were allegedly mistreated and left with minor injuries.
The men then allegedly fled with jewelry, computers and handbags and also took the black BMW of the victims.
The gang would have crashed the car on the Westgate Freeway by pushing it into a crash barrier.
The police were then called to a house in Port Melbourne just after 9 p.m. after reports of an aggravated carjacking.
& # 39; Crime Spree & # 39 ;: map of Melbourne shows the alleged two-day uprising over the city
It is believed that the men are also involved in two alleged attacks on Sunday evening and one in the early hours of Monday morning
It is clear that a woman was about to put her child in the car when she was reportedly approached by three men. One would have pulled a knife and demanded her vehicle.
The alleged victim, a 42-year-old Box Hill North woman, called for help and was assisted by a relative, a 40-year-old man from Box Hill North.
He was also reportedly threatened by the gang, who left in their vehicle, described as a black 2012 Hyundai i30.
The alleged victims were not injured.
The police later responded at 12.10am to an alleged aggravated burglary in Derrimut.
On this occasion, four masked men with knives at Ivy Close broke in and were confronted with the residents.
A 65-year-old man is said to have been mistreated and sustained a minor injury during the incident. He didn't need hospital treatment.
Once inside Merinda's house (photo), the group – armed with & # 39; sharpened weapons & # 39; and metal posts – various items and the white BMW SUV from the owner.
A 58-year-old woman, 91-year-old man and 64-year-old woman, who were also at home, were not injured.
& # 39; (Australia) was a very beautiful country. Now – no, & one of the women said Seven news.
& # 39; I was awakened by four masked men standing above the bed, knife down the throat. They come to my bedroom and put the knife on my neck, and I screamed to tell them, "Please leave, let us, we have nothing to give you." "
The gang has reportedly stolen two cars, a gray Mercedes sedan from 2010 and a black 2015 Honda HR-V registration 1EY3DI.
The Hyundai of Port Melbourne was dumped nearby.
The police arrested a 17-year-old boy on Tuesday after a BMW that was supposedly stolen in the early morning hours was found in a parking garage.
The group, described by the police from the African appearance, is said to have moved in at 4 o'clock in the morning on Avoca Avenue in Mernda, in the north east of Melbourne.
Once inside, the group – reportedly armed with & # 39; sharp weapons & # 39; and metal posts – allegedly property and the white BMW SUV from the homeowner.
A 41-year-old man was reportedly exposed to his face with minor injuries, while a 40-year-old woman and two children were unharmed.
After the raid, the allegedly stolen BMW was seen alongside a Mercedes, allegedly stolen from Derrimut early Monday, in the direction of Geelong.
The police saw the BMW in Geelong West just before 5 am and chased the car, but had to stop due to the speed with which the car was driving.
The Mercedes was found abandoned on Lunan Avenue in Drumcondra.
The police later responded at 12.10am to an alleged aggravated burglary in Derrimut. On this occasion, four masked men with knives at Ivy Close broke in and were confronted with the occupants.
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