Police hunt African gangs after violent crime spree terrorizes Melbourne’s western suburbs

MELBOURNE’S African gang crisis has escalated after a violent three-hour crime spree saw victims beaten, dragged along the road and forced to fight attackers out of their homes.

Capping a week of controversy over the ­political response to the wave of street-gang terror, a 59-year-old woman was traumatised by 14 ­African men who stormed a house she was looking after for relatives, in Hillside in the city’s northwest.

Four held her hostage in the front room and hit her in the face, while the other 10 ransacked the property on Thursday night, stealing car keys and electrical items.

Homeowner Sam — too scared to give her surname — said her relative was now struggling to cope.

“She opened up the blinds in my house to see them running towards her,” she said.

“They told her to stay still for five minutes or they’d come back for her. She’s traumatised. They slapped her in the face and she’s got a fat lip.”

Commander Russell Barrett of Victoria Police vowed to catch the ­offenders and lock them up.

“This behaviour is abhorrent, it is just thuggish behaviour by a group of young people who have no apparent care for the rights and wellbeing of their fellow citizens,” he said.

In the other attacks in Melbourne’s west on Thursday night, a teenage boy was hit with a baseball bat and dragged along the street in Taylors Hill; another teen was punched and kicked to the ground in a separate attack in Cairnlea hours later; and a brave 60-year-old dad was forced to use a baseball bat to defend his family against home invaders in Delahey as his terrified wife hid in a bedroom and a son dialled 000.

Hours after the frightening crime rampage, an African teen who kicked a policeman at Highpoint Shopping Centre was finally refused bail on Friday over that Boxing Day attack.

He had been freed from custody for just two days when he was caught in breach of a condition of bail — using a mobile phone.

In the Delahey incident, the father of three said he grabbed the bat and shoved three African males away from a window they had smashed near the front door.

Two of them then ran to the side of the house and rammed the garage door down before forcing their way into the family home.

The brave dad continued to fight off the group as his wife locked herself in a bedroom.

A short time later, the couple’s youngest son arrived home from work, scaring the violent thieves into fleeing with only a mobile phone.

The 18-year-old got into a family car to follow the invaders’ white sedan for about 10 minutes but lost track of them after they ran several red lights.

“It’s put a lot of fear into me and my family,” he said on Friday.

“If my dad didn’t fight them off, there could have been bloodshed. I don’t know if they had any weapons on them but it could have been really bad.”

Fearful residents in some western suburbs have now revived street patrols — used when the Apex gang terror emerged in 2016 — to protect neighbourhoods.

Michelle Denaro says that in her area patrols by locals are being ramped up.

“As a community we will band together and do what is necessary to move these people on again,” she said.

“We did it before we will do it again. We are not vigilantes — but most of our residents are armed.”

The African youth gang crisis has escalated over the last month — including the trashing of the Ecoville Community Centre in Tarneit — to the point where politicians and police now admit a serious problem.

South Sudanese community leaders warn more than 500 youths have been absorbed into violent gangs across Melbourne.

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  • BillyHW

    If you are a woman and you’re reading this and you ever slept with a black man please kill yourself.

  • Brett_McS

    One of the federal ministers has called for these people to be deported. Sounds like a plan.

    • Gee can’t understand why he would think that!

      • Maurice Miner

        That be raaaaaaaciss!

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    paywall

  • pettifog

    Gee, importing five hundred unemployed young violent Muslims into your city. What on earth could go wrong?

    • Maurice Miner

      That be raaaaacist!

    • It’s diversity!

  • xavier

    Yet another case of strict gun control. Australia’s even stricter than Canada. Glad it’s worked out so well.
    Can you say vigilantes? Yes you can

  • UCSPanther

    How long before Australia starts seeing South African-style home invasion torture-murders?

  • Red-Pilled Conservative

    Well, Aussies! You voted away your own gun rights. Now reap the rewards.

  • Anthony Kingsford

    You just need some witchcraft murders ,then you can compete with South Africa.

    • Editor

      Aussies could “decolonize” their science and throw lightning bolts at them.

  • Editor

    Where’s ontario john when you need him.

  • John

    My ‘White Privilege’ is so shocked and surprised. Melbourne definately needs more basketball courts.

    You shoot some hoops…and then you shoot some Whites!

    Yeah…that’ll work.

  • mobuyus

    Hunting vacations in Australia sound like a sweet way for a Canadian Hunter to spend a cold winter and wet spring.

  • Anonymous White Male

    What’s that the cops are spraying that is so effective? Soap and water?

  • Truthhurts

    Alert Trudumb cause he doesn’t have a clue.