A young man was brutally bashed and stabbed in a savage knife attack in Springvale, Melbourne last Thursday.
It's understood the 23-year-old man was approached by three males and a female on Buckingham Street at about 9.30pm before being repeatedly kicked and stabbed by a machete.
Video footage shared by Seven News shows the hooded offenders swinging their weapons and hammering down on the male victim who lay helpless on the ground.
Police were told the man was knocked to the ground and stabbed multiple times before being kicked in the head, they told Yahoo News Australia in a statement.
Despite his injuries, the victim was able to run to a nearby restaurant where he called 000 for help.
A worker named Day Han told Seven News: "He was asking us to protect him and to hide."
"He needed a cloth to stop his blood," he revealed. "We also gave him some water to get him to stay awake."
The restaurant worker said the young man was also "vomiting blood".
The 23-year-old Springvale man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. He reportedly suffered wounds to his back and legs.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Cox from the Southern Metropolitan Regional Crime Team said police have "absolutely no tolerance" for criminal behaviour, "particularly when it involves knives or weapons".
"The physical and mental damage caused by knife crime is devastating with victims, their families and loved ones left feeling endangered, threatened and vulnerable," he said
"Police are currently following up a number of lines of enquiry and are sending a very clear message to anyone carrying a knife — if you are involved in violent behaviour that threatens the safety of our community, expect a knock on your door from police."
"Anyone with information is urged to come forward and contact investigators in relation to this matter."
Victoria Police believe the parties involved could be known to each other and are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident
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