Rooty Hill police officer hospitalised with head injuries after teen allegedly attacked him with pole

Rooty Hill police officer hospitalised with head injuries after teen allegedly attacked him with pole

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NSW Police Chief Inspector Bob Fitzgerald, 60, was heading to work when he was allegedly struck several times in the head by a 13-year-old wielding a bike seat pole.

He had attempted arrest the boy who, along with two others, were allegedly assaulting passengers and railway staff at Rooty Hill Railway Station, but the boy fought back.

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Early on Monday morning, about 4.25am, a group of three boys aged 12, 13 and 14 were allegedly “behaving in an offensive manner” on the Western Sydney railway platform when they were approached by chief inspector Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, a father of seven and grandfather of five with four decades of experience on the beat, identified himself as a police officer and asked the boys to behave.

When his request was disregarded, Fitzgerald attempted to arrest the 13-year-old with the assistance of another commuter. However, it is alleged the boy resisted and begun verbally abusing the career police officer.

The boy then allegedly attacked Fitzgerald, striking him multiple times in the head with a bike seat pole.

He sustained head injuries and was treated at the scene by NSW paramedics before being transported to Blacktown Hospital where he was treated and later released.

The chief inspector, a father of seven and grandfather of five, was on his way to work when he was allegedly struck several times in the head with a bike seat pole. Credit: Ilmhunt

The member of the public who assisted Fitzgerald with the attempted arrest was unharmed.

Additional police from Mt Druitt Police attended the scene and arrested all three boys, who were taken to Mt Druitt Police Station,

The 13-year-old boy was charged with affray, causing grievous bodily harm to a police officer on duty, recklessly causing actual bodily harm, and common assault.

The younger boy was charged with affray, causing grievous bodily harm to a police officer on duty and recklessly causing actual bodily harm.

Their charges reflect that Fitzgerald was on duty at the time as he had identified himself as a police officer prior to the alleged assault.

The three teens were allegedly assaulting passengers and train staff at Rooty Hill Railway station early on Monday morning when they were approached by Fitzgerald. Credit: Ilmhunt

All three were refused bail to appear at a children’s court on Tuesday.

“It’s actually scary because this place used to be a really safe place,” one local told Ilmhunt.

“It was shocking because its a quiet place actually,” another local said.

Fitzgerald has been working in Western Sydney for almost 40 years and is a Blacktown City Councillor, highly respected in his community.

He was named the 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year by The Centre for Volunteering.

Fitzgerald has volunteered as coach, administrator and event coordinator for netball, rugby league, Olympic and Paralympic events, and helps to battle social isolation, support victims of family and domestic violence, homelessness and drug addiction.

Fitzgerald is a Blacktown councillor, a blood donor, and the 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year. Credit: Ilmhunt

“He gives so much for Western Sydney – he’s a man of the people,” one supporter wrote on the Centre’s website.

“Bob leaves a legacy of significantly influencing positive and lasting change for women, children, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.”

On Tuesday he donated plasma at the Red Cross, and tomorrow he’ll be back on the beat.

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Rooty Hill police officer hospitalised with head injuries after teen allegedly attacked him with pole

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