NSW police seek information after New Year’s Day assault at Wagga Wagga

Police are appealing for information after a man was allegedly assaulted in Wagga Wagga earlier this year.

About 9am Wednesday 1 January 2020, a 26-year-old was walking along Raye Street, Wagga Wagga, when he had a brief conversation with two men who were not known to him.

Police have been told the first man became aggressive and chased the 26-year-old man, before punching him in the face a number of times.

The man was allegedly kicked and punched repeatedly, before a knife was pulled from the second man’s pocket and used to threaten the man.

The man fled the scene before collapsing and losing consciousness. A short time later, he returned to a relative’s house and police were called.

Officers from Riverina Police District attended Wagga Wagga Hospital and spoke to the man, who was later flown to Canberra Hospital for facial surgery.

The man sustained a broken jaw, cuts and bruises as a result of the alleged altercation.

As investigations continue, police are appealing for anyone who may have seen two men in their late teens to early 20s around the time of the incident.

The first man is described as dark-skinned and tall with a thin build and short dreadlocks, approximately 175cm tall. He was wearing white knee-length pants and a blue button-down shirt at the time of the alleged incident.

The second man is described as being dark-skinned and tall, and was wearing a camouflage coloured t-shirt, black football shirts and was riding a push bike at the time.

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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