Shotgun pointed in elderly woman's face during horrifying robbery
Terrifying CCTV has been released showing the moment a man points a shotgun in an elderly woman’s face during a robbery in Melbourne's west.
The footage was made public as Victoria Police announce a massive reward $350,000 to anyone who can help detectives find the thug who terrorised four people outside a licensed premise on Talmage Street in Sunshine late last year.
The video shows a man and three woman talking outside a venue when an unknown man appears from behind a nearby dumpster.
He then pulls out a shotgun and points it at the group, making demands for the building to be unlocked.
The thug then strikes the man, aged in his 70s, in the chest, arm and head with the gun.
He continues to make threats towards the victims and points the gun directly at a woman in her 70s.
The suspect then picked up a set of keys dropped by the male victim and accidentally sets off a car alarm.
The man runs from the scene and turns left towards Albion Railway Station.
Police said the male victim suffered serious head and arm injuries, while the three female victims were not physically injured.
A mobile phone was stolen during the robbery.
Victoria Police said the $350,000 reward will be paid, at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible.
Authorities said in some cases, the DPP may consider granting indemnification from prosecution to anyone who comes forward with the identity of the offender.
The massive reward is $250,000 more than what’s being offered to help track down Victoria’s most wanted criminal Jonathan Dick. He’s being hunted over the murder of his brother.
The suspect is described as being 182cm tall, with a thin build, light coloured eyes and perceived to be Caucasian in appearance.
He was wearing dark loose-fitting pants, a dark windcheater, runners and a dark coloured balaclava over his face.
Detectives are setting up an information caravan today at 301 Hampshire Road between 10am and 2pm as part of their appeal for information.
Anyone with information can also contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.