‘Catfishers’ arrested following collection of homophobic attacks in parklands

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Victorian police have arrested 5 teenagers in connection to a chain of alleged homophobic attacks in parklands.

Officials allege the kids “catfished” the boys, the usage of a relationship app to trap them to parklands in Ashwood, in Melbourne’s east.

The sufferers have been allegedly assaulted and subjected to homophobic slurs.

The kids’ ages ranged from 14 – 16. (Paul Rovere)

In a observation, police detailed 3 alleged incidents on Harlequin Street.

The newest was once on January 7, whilst the earliest was once on December 16 closing yr, they stated.

In essentially the most severe alleged assault a 42-year-old sufferer sustained “facial accidents”.

The kids, the youngest of whom have been 14, have been arrested the previous day morning after a seek warrant was once issued for 3 separate houses in Ashwood.

“The lads have been all launched the previous day afternoon and are anticipated to be charged on summons with attack and theft offences,” police stated.

“A 19-year-old Ashwood guy was once additionally arrested on 27 January, 2022 as a part of the continued investigation.”

He’ll seem at Ringwood Magistrates’ Courtroom for tried theft and recklessly motive harm.

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