Teen bandits allegedly bashed man with bike
A TEENAGE boy was in custody last night accused of being part of a gang which knocked a Cairns man unconscious with a bicycle then stealing his car.
The 36-year-old victim may require surgery on a fractured jaw sustained in the attack which took place about 3.45am in Woree.
He had been walking from the Woree Tavern to where his Holden Crewman was parked on the Bruce Highway before police allege he was approached by a group of up to 15 youths and attacked by five of them.
Cairns property crime squad detective Acting Sgt Stuart Greenwell said it was alleged a bicycle was used as a weapon to assault the man who was left unconscious on the street, 150m from his car.
"He initially ran from them and they chased him," he said.
The group allegedly stole his keys and wallet then took the car which they drove around for the next four hours before dumping it in a Manoora street.
Acting Sgt Greenwell said the vehicle was then allegedly involved in a series of attempted fuel drive-offs in Brinsmead, Manoora and Bentley Park, two of which were successful.
The car was found by police about 7.30am in Rambutan Close and had suffered interior and exterior damage.
Police took the 15-year-old Bungalow boy into custody in Edmonton yesterday afternoon and he was being questioned by officers last night.
Investigations were ongoing as they work to locate other members of the group and police have called on anyone with information to come forward.
Acting Sgt Greenwell said it was alleged five young males of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander appearance were involved in the assault, although two females were allegedly part of the fuel drive-offs.
The victim was initially treated in Cairns Hospital yesterday before being discharged.
Along with the fractured jaw, he also sustained bruising, lacerations and grazes.
Police have called on anyone who saw the vehicle, which has a Queensland registration 928 ITD, driving around yesterday morning between 4-7.30am to come forward.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or place a call anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.