03/21/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/20/2017 09:04
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Man critical after assault at bus stop - Dee Why
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 01:57:30 AM
Police are investigating a 'one punch' assault that's left a man in hospital suffering a serious head injury.
The incident occurred about 3.20pm (Monday 21 March 2017) when a 31-year-old man was waiting at a bus stop on the corner of Pittwater Road and Howard Avenue, Dee Why.
A bus came to a stop and a man got off.
As he stepped onto the footpath he had a brief conversation with the 31-year-old man before punching him in the head.
The punch caused the 31-year-old to fall and hit his head on the concrete fracturing his skull.
He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
A crime scene was established and police from Northern Beaches Local Area Command commenced an investigation.
About 6pm (Monday 20 March 2017), police attended a home on Pittwater Road, Dee Why, where they arrested a 19-year-old man.
He was taken to Manly Police Station where he assisted police with their inquiries.
He was released without charge.
Police have been told the 31-year-old man was waiting at the bus stop with a man and a woman prior to the assault. Officers believe the pair left the bus stop prior to speaking with police.
Investigators are calling for anyone with information about this assault to contact them at Manly Police Station on (02) 9976 8099, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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