Evans Head, Ballina men allegedly assaulted by teen gang after being catfished online

Gang of teens accused of catfishing and luring five separate men to parks before bashing and robbing them

  • The teen gang is accused of bashing and robbing five men in separate incidents
  • The men, aged 77, 58, 53, 50 and 27, were allegedly assaulted across NSW parks 
  • Police allege they were lured to the area via dating apps in October, November
  • A white ute has been seized by police in connection to the alleged bashings 
  • A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were charged over the alleged assaults 
  • Four other teens, allegedly linked to the assaults, were arrested last week 

Two teenagers have been charged after a spate of alleged vicious assaults, where a gang allegedly bashed and robbed five men in separate incidents. 

Police allege the men, aged 77, 58, 53, 50 and 27, were all separately lured to parks in Evans Head and Ballina on NSW‘s north coast via a dating app in October and November this year.

On Tuesday, police arrested and charged a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl over the alleged assaults.

A 77-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and knocked unconscious by four young people at the Evans Head skate park (pictured), before his vehicle was stolen

A 77-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and knocked unconscious by four young people at the Evans Head skate park (pictured), before his vehicle was stolen 

Another victim was allegedly dragged from his car and repeatedly bashed at Chinamans Beach car park in Evans Head

Another victim was allegedly dragged from his car and repeatedly bashed at Chinamans Beach car park in Evans Head

Their arrests come a week after four other teenagers, all aged between 16 and 17, were charged with police alleging all six were linked to the assault.

All the men lured to the parks believed they were meeting a person they’d been talking to online.

All five were hospitalised with the 77-year-old man allegedly being knocked unconscious at the park.

Police allege another was dragged from his car and repeatedly bashed. 

The girl was charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm while the 16-year-old boy was charged after handing himself in at Ballina Police Station.

He was charged with four counts of robbery in company cause wounding or grievous bodily harm, and wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. 

Both were refused bail and are set to appear at a children’s court on Tuesday.

A white ute was seized for forensic examination last week in connection to the alleged bashings, after CCTV footage of a vehicle was put out on police social media (pictured)

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Temoin investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Temoin investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers

The arrests come a week after police seized a white ute they allege was connected to the attacks.

Police seized the car for forensic examination at the Pacific Highway at Broadwater and are also examining a toolbox discovered at the property. 

The discovery of the car was after CCTV footage of the vehicle was put out as a state-wide appeal for information last Thursday.  

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Temoin investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

All six teenagers are now before the courts. 

Timeline of the alleged assaults of five men on the NSW north coast

October 31: A 58-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by two men at the Chinamans Beach car park in Evans Head. The man was allegedly dragged from his car and assaulted repeatedly. His vehicle was then allegedly stolen.

November 5: A 77-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and knocked unconscious by four young people at the Evans Head skate park. His vehicle was allegedly stolen.

November 6: A 27-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by four males at a park on Elms Street in Evans Head. He allegedly ran to a nearby medical centre to escape. 

November 12: Two separate incidents resulted in a 53-year-old man and a 50-year-old man being allegedly assaulted by a group of youths in Ballina. Each man allegedly had belongings stolen.

Source: NSW Police

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