Two charged following alleged Hopetoun Park home invasion


Michaela Meade

Two men have been charged following an alleged Hopetoun Park home invasion yesterday.

Police said they were called to reports that two men had allegedly threatened a man on the street with a knife before entering a Parkside Drive home about 8.15am on Tuesday, October 12.

It is alleged one of the men struck the occupant of the home, a 40-year-old man, with an object before fleeing.

Police said one of the men allegedly fled the scene in the victim’s gold Toyota 4WD and the other in the white Toyota 4WD they arrived in.

Police said a 20-year-old Mooroolbark man who was allegedly driving the gold Toyota was arrested after the vehicle got stuck in a ditch on Gisborne-Melton Road in Toolern Vale about 9am.

Police said a 20-year-old Strathdale man who was allegedly driving the white Toyota was arrested after a police pursuit ended in a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of Plumpton and Diggers Rest-Coimadai roads in Diggers Rest about 10am.

A 31-year-old Sunbury man who was driving the vehicle was uninjured, according to police.

Both men have been charged with over 25 offences including aggravated burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, home invasion with occupant assaulted and conduct endangering life.

Police said they were held overnight and will face Melbourne Magistrates Court today.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at