Courageous victims help catch ‘serious’ criminal

INFORMATION provided by “courageous victims” has lead to police charging a man with 22 charges, one of which is attempted murder.

The man, 25, is also facing charges such as forcible confinement and aggravated robbery in relation to historic offences between 2009 and 2018.

He was charged as part of Operation Athabasca, which saw ACT Policing’s Crime Disruption Team link 14 incidents, including 13 aggravated robberies, across a ten-year period.

The incidents resulted in a significant amount of cash being stolen.

Detective station sergeant Harry Hains says public information was a significant contributing factor to the operation’s success.

“I would like to acknowledge the courage of victims and others who came forward with information, even though they were still recovering from these traumatic events,” he says.

“The success of this operation serves as a reminder to anyone who commits a serious crime that it doesn’t matter whether it is one day or ten years after the event, ACT Policing’s investigations of serious crimes stay active until a case is closed.”

The man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday, September 26.

Operation Athabasca is ongoing, and Police urge anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website

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