Police are seeking five people of African appearance including a woman who assaulted and robbed two men in separate cases in Blacktown last week.
Police said in the first incident at 12.05am last Tuesday a 48-year-old St Marys man fell asleep while travelling on a train from Sydney to St Marys .
He woke between Blacktown and Doonside rail stations to see a man of African appearance wearing a black shirt, camouflage shorts and a black hat leaning over him with his backpack.
The victim grabbed the offender but was hit in the face causing him to release his grip.
The man escaped with his backpack when the train stopped at Doonside station.
In the second case at 10pm last Saturday a 25-year-old Werrington man was walking along Flushcombe Road, Blacktown when a man described as being of African appearance, about 25-30 years wearing a white shirt, grabbed him by the throat to force him into Cobb Lane where another two men and a woman, all of African appearance, were waiting.
The victim was kicked by the first offender while the others removed cash and a mobile phone from his pockets as they ran away.
Police patrolling the area later arrested two people but investigations are continuing.
Car, property set on fire
Police and NSW Fire authorities received three fire reports in Blacktown last week.
The first was at about 4.45am last Monday when a red Nissan utility van parked in a fenced construction site in the Bunya estate was set alight.
NSW Fire and Rescue arrived to extinguish the vehicle fire before it could spread.
The vehicle was destroyed by the fire and tools kept in the boot were stolen.
Police said the second fire was at about 5.45pm last Thursday when a 32-year-old man was at his home on Shirley Street with his three children when he has noticed smoke coming from a bedroom.
NSW Fire and Rescue came and extinguished the fire before it could spread to the rest of the house.
The third fire happened at about 4.10pm last Friday when a resident saw a boundary fence between two houses on Thistle Way, Blacktown and a nearby tree alight.
The fire spread and damaged a carport of one of the adjoining properties before the arrival of NSW Fire and Rescue.
Intruders break into homes
Thieves broke into two houses in separate incidents in Blacktown last week.
Police said the first incident occurred at about 10.30pm on Sunday when a 33-year-old man was in bed at his home on Reservoir Road with his wife and their 19-month-old daughter when he heard noises downstairs.
He went downstairs to investigate and was confronted by a man of Caucasian appearance aged about 40-45, 180cm tall with a slim build and short dark hair, wearing a dark T-shirt and dark pants.
The man kicked the intruder who then ran from the premises empty-handed.
In the second incident at about 2.30am last Friday a 54-year-old man was babysitting three children at Doonside when he heard noises outside the house.
He then saw two men, including one armed with a pole, who hit him.
The first man was described as being of Aboriginal or Maori appearance, about 30, 180cm tall, solid build and wearing dark clothing, including a hooded jumper.
The second man was also described as being of Aboriginal appearance, 175cm tall, medium build and also wearing dark clothing with a hooded jumper.
The victim woke up the children and ran to their neighbour’s house.
On hearing them entering the rear of the house he called police but the intruders left before their arrival.
Man attacked at station
Two men assaulted a 19-year-old man on the main concourse of Blacktown train station last Tuesday.
Police said he was approached by two men at about midnight described as being of African appearance, aged 19- 20 years and of thin build.
One man was wearing a black jumper with the hood over his head and the second man a white jumper.
Police said one of them pushed the man in the back causing him to fall.
They then punched and kicked him several times before running away towards Main Street.
Anyone with information on all the incidents should call Blacktown Police on 96719199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or use the Crime Stoppers page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.