Cops desperate to find man accused of brutal attack on a dad that saw him rushed to hospital

Hunt for man accused of brutal attack on dad fighting for life in hospital after being punched, stabbed and shot in his own house while his kids were home

  • A Melbourne father was attacked in his own home by a group of four men 
  • Detectives believe the attack was targeted and have arrested two people 
  • Police have released composite image of a man officers want to speak to
  • CCTV of a black Toyota Kluger understood to have been used was also released  

A composite image of a man (pictured)  police want to speak to after the attack

A composite image of a man (pictured)  police want to speak to after the attack

Detectives are hunting a man involved in a brutal attack on a father who was shot and stabbed in his own home with his children nearby.

About 2.20am on July 8 last year a group of four intruders broke into the residential property on Ribblesdale Avenue in Wyndham Vale, Victoria, while a fifth person is understood to have waited in a getaway car.

The group forced their way into the property through the rear door and attacked the 45-year-old man, who sustained serious upper body injuries including a gunshot and multiple stab wounds.

Three adults and five children were at the home when the attack unfolded – however the 45-year-old was the only person targeted. 

He was rushed to hospital in a serious condition for life-saving surgery.

On July 17, investigators recovered a stolen 2015 black Toyota Kluger which had been abandoned in MacPherson St, Footscray.

That car had been stolen during an un-linked burglary in Aintree on June 30, but police believe it was used in the Wyndham Vale attack.

A black Toyota Kluger (pictured) was stolen in the days before the attack and is believed to have been used by those involved in the Wyndham Vale attack

A black Toyota Kluger (pictured) was stolen in the days before the attack and is believed to have been used by those involved in the Wyndham Vale attack

Armed Crime Squad detectives have charged two men with attempted murder, a 19-year-old Rockbank man who was charged on December 3, 2021, and a 20-year-old St Albans man charged on March 9, 2022.

They remain in custody as the investigation continues.

Detectives on Thursday released a digital composite image of a man they want to speak to surrounding the incident.

They have also released CCTV of the black Toyota Kluger, looking for information about its movements when it was stolen on June 30, 2021, and particularly on the night of the attack on July 8, 2021.

CCTV shows the black Toyota in Suburban Melbourne (pictured)

CCTV shows the black Toyota in Suburban Melbourne (pictured) 

Detectives want to speak to anyone who might be connected tot he car (pictured)

Detectives want to speak to anyone who might be connected tot he car (pictured) 

Footage of that vehicle on Haines Drive also shows two people getting into the car.

Detectives are keen to identify anyone who might be connected to that vehicle.

‘This was a violent incident, involving a number of weapons and the use of a firearm. The victim is very lucky to have survived his injuries and it is fortunate that no one else in the house was injured,’ Detective Inspector Mark Hatt said. 

‘Although two people have been charged, the investigation remains ongoing and we believe there are people out there who can provide further information regarding who else was involved.

‘Police are particularly keen to speak to anyone who can identify the male shown in the image, or has information regarding the movement of the black Toyota Kluger.

‘We do believe the incident was targeted and hope that there is someone out there with information to assist in progressing this investigation.’

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Anyone with information about on the car (pictured) is urged to contact Crime Stoppers

Anyone with information about on the car (pictured) is urged to contact Crime Stoppers

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