A 19-year-old man is recovering in The Canberra Hospital after being stabbed in the abdomen early this morning (Saturday, April 2).
About 1.45am the victim and his 18-year-old friend were walking along Cohen Street in Belconnen when they noticed a man following them.
The man became aggressive and began yelling at them when they tried to engage him in conversation. The victim and his friend have backed away when the man has rushed at the 19-year-old and an altercation has ensued. The friend has intervened and was stabbed in the arm.
The offender has ceased his assault however continued to follow the males for a short distance. The victim realised shortly after that he had been stabbed in the stomach. The friend has stopped a passing motorist who rendered assistance until ACT Ambulance Service arrived.
The offender was seen to flee in the direction of Belconnen Way, taking the victims mobile phone. The offender is described as being African in appearance, with a slim build, wearing a white hooded jumper and bright blue tracksuit pants.
The 19-year-old victim is currently in a stable condition in The Canberra Hospital after undergoing surgery. His 18-year-old friend, who received a stab wound to the arm, received medical treatment for his injury and was later released.
Anyone who may be able to assist police with the investigation are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.