Padbury party: WA Police lay charges

Padbury party: WA Police lay charges

POLICE investigating a party that turned violent in Padbury on Saturday night have charged a teenager over the robbery of two people.

The charges do not relate to the serious assault of 38-year-old Ryan Ball, with detectives still seeking witnesses over the matter.

Investigating officer Anthony Garcia said police had charged a 17-year-old boy, who allegedly assaulted and robbed two youths on Hepburn Avenue about 1.30am on February 26.

The detective first class constable said the accused and the victims, aged 16 and 17, had been at the Vernon Place party.

“The male (accused) left the party along with another group of friends and while walking along Hepburn Avenue he noticed two males he recognised from the party,” he said.

“The 17-year-old male has (allegedly) assaulted both males and stolen property from them.”

He could not confirm if the accused was one of the 10 to 15 gatecrashers for whom police are searching after the bashing of Mr Ball.

But they did not think he was involved in the assault.

He said Mr Ball was in a serious but stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital.

Police were not sure of the details of Mr Ball’s attack but were confident there were no weapons involved.

Investigators did not yet have a description of any of the persons of interests, except that they were youths.

Det-Const Garcia acknowledged there had been talk of other assaults at the party and said police were investigating the reports.

“It’s quite a complex job and we are at the very start of it – there’s a lot of information that we’re still gathering,” he said.

“There has been mention of further offences occurring and at the moment we’re still investigating.

“We’re asking people if they were assaulted or observed any assaults to contact police.”

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.