Victoria Police are searching for two suspects after a young male was injured during a robbery and assault on Tuesday night.
It happened just before 9 p.m. in Quadra Heights Playground off Reed and Rutledge Streets.
The victim reports that he and a friend were in the playground when two other males, unknown to them, approached and took their longboards.
He then told police that when he approached the two alleged thieves, he was assaulted with a weapon.
VicPD say rhe unprovoked assault left the male youth with non-life-threatening, but potentially life-altering injuries. and he remains in hospital.
The two other males then left the scene with the stolen longboards.
The suspects are described as two Aboriginal male youths, approximately 15 and 16 years old.
Both were described as being short, standing about 5’3” tall and of average build.
One of the suspects was wearing a red hat at the time of the incident.
VicPD says that given the nature of the assault, the injuries to the victim, and the location of the incident, officer wants to ensure that residents of the neighbourhood are aware of this incident.
Additionally, witnesses report that a man offered help to the victim as he lay on the ground.
This man did not remain on scene and investigators are hoping to speak with him.
Police also say that one of the longboards stolen is distinctive.
It is described as being a brand new full-sized board, with dark grey grip tape on top with a circular black and white sticker in the middle. The underside is described as dark blue, white, grey and aquamarine pattern, with a smaller black circular sticker.
If you have any information about this incident, recognize this longboard, or believe you may know the suspects’ identities, please call VicPD at (250) 995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.