Sunbury police are investigating an incident where a taxi driver was racially taunted, physically assaulted and had his taxi damaged in Craigieburn late last month.
The victim and a number of friends were standing outside a house on Bradworth Drive about 8pm on Monday 26 October before two men and two women walked past.
The two men racially taunted the victim and his friends.
Unable to defuse the situation, the victim was physically assaulted and told “you’re going to have a bad night”.
The offenders left and police were called. An investigation commenced.
About 11.30pm that evening, about six men attended the same house where they located the victim sitting in a taxi preparing for work.
Police believe the men arrived in a white Toyota sedan and a dark coloured Holden or Ford sedan before they started verbally abusing the victim and damaging his taxi.
Fearing for his safety, the victim drove off before the men gave chase in their cars.
At the intersection of Windrock Avenue and Mareeba Way, the victim was cut off and stopped. One of the men produced a machete and smashed the front windscreen of his taxi.
The victim fled on foot and sought help nearby. Police were called and CCTV was obtained from the taxi.
Sergeant Luke Baker said this was a violent attack that appears completely unprovoked.
“It’s concerning the level of violence these offenders showed and weapons used for no apparent reason.
Police have released images of men who may be able to assist with the investigation and urge anyone who can identify them or who has any information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au