Man charged with affray as teen fights for life following Healesville brawl
A man has been charged after a teenager was allegedly assaulted and left fighting for life in a Healesville car park at the weekend.
The 17-year-old was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in an induced coma on Sunday morning after an altercation took place between two groups of men about 3.20am.
The teen, from Diamond Creek, remained in a critical condition on Tuesday.
Detectives from the Yarra Ranges crime investigation unit arrested a 22-year-old man from Glenburn on Tuesday morning and charged him with four offences, including intentionally causing serious injury, affray and related assaults.
He has been bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court next Monday.
The fight broke out in a car park at the intersection of River and Church streets in the Yarra Ranges town, north-east of Melbourne.
The injured teen's mother told Nine News on Sunday night that her son had undergone surgery for bleeding on the brain.
She said her son was part of a larger group of young people outside the bar in Healesville when an argument broke out between the group and two other men. The teenager was punched in the head and knocked to the ground during the fight.
On Sunday, Detective Leading Senior Constable Andrew Austin said police believed about 10 people were involved in the altercation behind the Fluid Lounge in Healesville.
He said there was CCTV of the incident, which was being reviewed.
Leading Senior Constable Austin said this kind of violence was devastating for victims and their loved ones.
"I think we live in a very good community, however sometimes these things occur and it's up to individuals to take responsibility."
Anyone who witnessed the incident can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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