Attacker stabs man at Charlestown

SEARCH: A Holden Commodore similar to the one the attacker is believed to have fled in.A RESTAURATEUR has been savagely stabbed in the face as his wife watched on in an horrific attack that detectives believe was well-planned and cold-bloodedly executed.

The victim, 54, had just parked his car in the lock-up garage of his Charlestown home when the attacker stormed inside and lunged at him before running off with a bag.

A strong theory is the attacker and at least one accomplice had spent several days planning the attack and had identified the man as a soft target to rob of his restaurant takings.

But they wrongly assumed that the couple took the takings home with them each night, and left empty-handed.

The victim needed stitches to the facial wound.

His 48-year-old wife was not physically harmed during the brazen robbery.

“Our investigations indicate the attack was most likely planned and the offenders may have been scouting out the location in the hours or days leading up to the stabbing,” Detective Senior Sergeant Chad Gillies said.

Strike Force Stott has been set up to investigate the attack. Police are searching for the suspects and a car believed to have been used.

The attack occurred about 9.50pm on May 28, a Tuesday night when there would not have been much traffic as the couple drove into the Powell Street home.

Police believe the suspects may have lain in wait for their victims rather than follow them home after they had closed their business.

The street is dark and neighbours have not reported seeing another set of headlights following the couple as they drove up their driveway.

When the suspect ran off, he jumped into what has been described as a white Holden Commodore sedan with “chaser” wheels and a spoiler kit.

Detective Senior Sergeant Gillies said detectives were keen to hear from anyone with information that may assist police.

“We are eager to speak to any person who may have some information that will help us identify the individuals responsible for this attack,” Detective Senior Sergeant Gillies said.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has seen a vehicle similar to the one the offenders used.

The attacker was described as Caucasian, aged in his early 20s, 175cm tall and of medium build.

Contact Lake Macquarie detectives on 4942 9999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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