UPDATE Saturday, May 5, 3.05pm: Detectives in Alice Springs have this morning laid charges against two 17 year-old youths who Police believe were involved in the alleged sexual assault of two tourists in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Detective Acting Superintendent Travis Wurst said one of the youths has been charged with Sexual Intercourse Without Consent, Acts of Gross Indecency, Deprivation of Liberty, Assault and Threaten with a Firearm along with numerous other offences: “The other youth has at this stage only been charged with the Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle (similar to the one pictured) in relation to the alleged sexual assault but we hope to lay further charges as the investigation continues.”
A/Supt Wurst said the firearm allegedly used in the incident has not yet been found.
UPDATE Friday, May 4, 6.55pm: Alice Springs Police have located a green Toyota Ascent (similar to pictured) allegedly stolen and used during a sexual assault in Alice Springs on Wednesday.
Detective Acting Superintendent Travis Wurst said the vehicle was found in Ntaria [Hermannsburg], about 130 kilometres south west of Alice Springs.
“Police located the vehicle of interest in Ntaria at around noon today,” says Det Wurst.
“The vehicle is currently being forensically examined and will be transported back to Alice Springs for further analysis.
“A third man, 17, appeared in court today after Police charged him with sexual assault.”
Meanwhile Detective Acting Superintendent Wurst said Police believe the weapon used during the alleged sexual assault was also used in an attempted armed robbery of a taxi early on the same morning.
“The three 17 year olds arrested for the sexual assault are also believed to be involved in this crime.
“Police are now calling for witnesses who were in the vicinity of Barrett Drive near the Casino at 2:50am where the alleged attempted armed robbery of the taxi took place.
“A firearm was used to threaten the driver and occupants of the taxi before the offenders fled. Nothing was stolen from the taxi.
“There were three passengers in the taxi who Police would now like to come forward.
“Anyone else with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police on 131 444.
“Investigations are continuing.”
UPDATE Friday, May 4, 9.17am: The third suspect in the alleged sexual assault of two European tourists has now been arrested in Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs.
One suspect will appear in court this morning. Police say the other two are helping with enquiries.
Neither the rifle, which one suspect is alleged to have been armed with , nor the car have been found as yet.
UPDATE Friday, May 4, 8.40am: Another 17-year-old male has been arrested and is in Police custody this morning in relation to the sexual assault and the stolen car. He is yet to be interviewed or charged.
Detective Acting Superintendent Travis Wurst says police are continuing their search for the other alleged offender, firearm and stolen vehicle.
“Members of the public can act as our eyes and ears in situations like this.
“I believe the community may be actively hiding the last remaining person and I continue to urge anyone that may be able to provide any information relating to the whereabouts of the outstanding offender, the stolen car or the firearm, to contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
UPDATE Thursday, May 3, 8.38am: Alice Springs Police have arrested a 17-year-old male in relation to the alleged sexual assault that occurred early yesterday morning.
Commander Michael Murphy said Alice Springs Police are confident of further arrests in the coming hours and days.
“We are methodically working through all avenues of enquiry to identify the offenders,” Commander Murphy said.
“I urge those involved, you know who you are, to hand yourselves in now as we will find you.
“I’d like to thank members of the public who have called through and assisted Police with their investigation, however I continue to request information from anyone that may have witnessed any suspicious activity around Maconochie Road in Mount John, or The Fairways area between midnight and 4am yesterday to contact Police.
“The dark green Toyota Ascent, SA registration plates WXD617 remains outstanding and I urge anyone that may see the vehicle, not to approach it, but to contact Police immediately on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.”
FIRST REPORT: Police are investigating the alleged sexual assault of two women that occurred early this morning.
At approximately 4am, police were approached at Heavitree Gap Caravan Park by two international female tourists reporting that they had both been sexually assaulted.
It was established that the alleged sexual assaults occurred near the end of Maconochie Road in Mount Johns where they were sleeping in their vehicle overnight.
Commander Michael Murphy said their vehicle was broken into and three aboriginal males allegedly forced the women to have sex with them.
“One of the males was armed with what has been described as a rifle. Money and tobacco was also stolen from the victims.
“Sometime between midnight and 4am, a vehicle was stolen from The Fairways in the Alice Springs suburb of Desert Springs.
“This vehicle (similar to the one pictured), a dark green Toyota Ascent South Australian registration WXD617, was sighted in the area where the sexual assault occurred.
“The vehicle was also sighted in the Alice Springs CBD on two occasions by police who pursued the vehicle.
“The vehicle did not stop and evaded apprehension. It was last seen at approximately 6:30am traveling west on Larapinta Drive out of Alice Springs.
“Police are eager to speak to a group of bicycle riders who witnessed Police pursuing the vehicle in the CBD.
“Police are treating this incident very seriously. Members of the public are urged not to approach the vehicle or its occupants as they may be armed.”
Anyone with information or who may identify the vehicle is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
“Detailed information will greatly assist police in acting to track down these alleged offenders,” says Commander Murphy. [Police release]