Seven teenagers and a young man have been arrested and are expected to be charged later today following a violent brawl in which six men were stabbed in Melbourne’s CBD.
The fight, believed to be gang related, occurred at a party attended by more than 50 people in a short-term rental apartment on Spencer Street in the early hours of Monday.
Police cordon off Spencer Street while they investigate an incident where multiple people were stabbed at a party.Credit:Nine
“Today’s arrests are great result and highlight to the community that we will do everything we can to hold those involved in violent incidents of this nature to account,” he said.
“We understand there is immense public concern when an incident like this occurs, especially in the CBD area that many people travel to regularly and expect to be safe in.
“However, today’s arrests highlight the determination of both the gang crime squad and regional police to ensure those involved are arrested and ultimately put before the court.”
Detectives believe the fight started in the apartment and progressed into the lift and foyer.
Police were initially alerted to the stabbing after one of the victims – a 19-year-old man from Dandenong North – approached officers near Southern Cross Station about 2.20am.
He was taken to hospital in a critical condition but was downgraded to stable later in the day, according to Nine News.
The man directed police to the foyer of the Neo200 building, where they found a 19-year-old Langwarrin man and a 20-year-old Berwick man with stab wounds.
The foyer and lift area were declared a crime scene, and the building was searched. Police found about 50 people partying in one of the apartments, where they believe the initial fight and stabbing occurred.
There was an indication some people who turned up to the gathering had not been invited, police said.
About 3.50am on Monday, three 17-year-old boys went to Werribee Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening stab wounds.
Police initially believed three men who presented to a Fitzroy hospital in the early hours were also involved but have since confirmed they were not involved in this incident.
On Monday, police also said they were concerned about reprisal attacks and were investigating if there was a breach of coronavirus restrictions given the number of people at the apartment.
In September 2018, police were called to the same high-rise building following reports of 40 young people running wild and fighting inside the building. When police arrived officers found that partygoers had already dispersed, leaving behind significant damage to the rented apartment.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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