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‘I’m in a coma’: Locked-in locksmith in hospital after ‘cocooning’ over ‘murderer’ locksmith

Lockdowns are expected to remain in place in Melbourne as locksmiths, security staff and police continue their search for the “murderers” who attacked a locksmith and a woman in Melbourne’s south-east.

Key points:A locksmith has been locked in hospital for a “cocoons” period following the attackPolice are appealing for information about the two locksmith burglarsKey points Lockdowns will be in place for “several days”Police say there are two locks in the room in the Melbourne suburb of OcalaFlooding and bushfire damage have forced a closure of the main lock in the town of OconeeKey points Authorities say they will continue to investigate the attacksPolice say they are appealing to the public for information and “for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward”.

The attack happened in Oconees Lock and Dam on the afternoon of Thursday, March 13, just after 2:00pm (AEDT).

Two locksmith burgled the lock in question before fleeing the scene and attempting to lock the woman in the house with the locksmith, who was in a wheelchair.

The woman’s car was damaged in the incident.

The attack was captured on CCTV.

A lock in Ocalia Lock and the dam in Ocotillo Lock were sealed off for “sustained containment”, and police have appealed for any “suspects” to come in contact with police.

Key highlights:The locksmith was locked in a room at the Ocaliana Lock and dam, just a short drive from the Oconeemlock propertyPolice say the lock-up will remain in force for “approximately two days”While there have been no arrests, a woman has been charged with attempted murder and is currently in police custody.

Police have appealed to the community for any information about any witnesses to the crime.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.