Police are investigating after a fisherman was assaulted and had his car stolen in Western Australia.
Jesse Lee claims two men beat him in the face with a baseball bat and stole his car on the Val Street jetty in Rockingham at about 3am on Wednesday.
WA Police said a man in his 30s was approached at the jetty, assaulted and had his car keys stolen by two unknown men.
“The man received facial injuries and was treated at Rockingham Hospital. His injuries were deemed non-life threatening,” police said in a statement.
“The two men were last seen heading in a westerly direction along the Esplanade, Rockingham with the stolen vehicle, a 2006 blue Mitsubishi Lancer 1CDM 560. The vehicle is fitted with roof racks and a camouflage coloured kayak was secured to the racks.”
Mr Lee has shared images of his injuries including a bloodied and bruised face.
“If anyone sees or learns anything can you please contact me or police ASAP,” he wrote on Facebook.
Tim Barlow, of fishing store Tim’s Tackle Plus, in Guildford said Mr Lee was lucky not to be killed after he was hit in the head with a baseball bat.
“That’s a killing blow,” he said.
Mr Barlow said the community had rallied behind Mr Lee.
“We’ve chucked money in to get him a new reel and there’s a GoFundMe page to help him out,” he said.
“It’s great to see the fishing community getting behind him. As a group, we’re exceedingly supportive.”
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Rockingham resident Matt Ridley started the GoFundMe page. He claims Mr Lee’s car, which was stolen, is uninsured and that his kayak was also stolen.
“Jesse has been struggling lately and nobody wants to see this set him back further,” Mr Ridley wrote.
“He’s a well-liked member of the local fishing community and we want to do everything we can to help him get another car and have a speedy recovery.”
Anyone with any information relating to this incident or who has seen the Mitsubishi Lancer, registration number 1CDM 560, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.