Six people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been charged over the alleged assault of two police officers in the Riverina region on Tuesday (11 January).
At about 11:10 am, officers attached to Riverina Police District’s Proactive Crime Team attended a home on Connorton Avenue, Ashmont, to make inquiries regarding a teenager wanted over an unrelated matter.
While attempting to arrest the 14-year-old, a woman allegedly grabbed at a male constable before punching him in the head and knocking him to the ground.
As police arrested the 18-year-old woman, a man allegedly grabbed the head of a male detective senior constable. The 43-year-old man was then also arrested.
A struggle ensued with the teen allegedly punching the constable in the head, causing his head to strike the concrete. He also allegedly kicked the officer and spat in the face of the detective senior constable.
Then, a 17-year-old boy allegedly armed himself with a piece of timber while threatening police, before a crowd of up to 10 people gathered in the front yard, further threatening the officers.
Police called for backup and, as the 17-year-old boy was being arrested, a man and woman – both aged 19 – attempted to hinder police by wetting them with a hose.
Additional police arrived and capsicum spray was used to subdue the group.
All six people were apprehended and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station where charges were laid:
- The 14-year-old boy was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, larceny, affray, resisting arrest, assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty, and assaulting a police officer in the execution of their duty causing actual bodily harm.
- The 17-year-old boy was charged with three counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception, resisting an officer in execution of their duty, and being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Both were refused bail to appear in a children’s court today.
- The 18-year-old woman was charged with two counts of assaulting an officer in execution of their duty, resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of their duty, and affray.
- The 43-year-old man was charged with affray, assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty, escaping police custody, and resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of their duty.
- The 19-year-old man was charged with affray, resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of their duty, and assaulting an officer in execution of their duty.
They were also refused bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today.
The 19-year-old woman was charged with resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of their duty, and affray. She was granted conditional bail and is due to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today.
The officers were assessed at the scene for minor injuries, with one sustaining swelling to the face.