A MAN attacked with a tomahawk on a beach at Port Macquarie will need to undergo extensive surgery to reattach his lower jaw, police have revealed.
Police said the 30-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were sitting near their vehicle in the Shelly Beach car park around 8.30pm on Tuesday when a man approached them and demanded they hand over their wallets.
When they refused, it’s alleged the man produced a tomahawk and struck the 30-year-old in the face.
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Police said the offender then fled the scene, leaving the older man with brutal facial injuries.
It’s understood the 30-year-old drove himself to Port Macquarie Hospital where the matter was reported to police.
In a statement on Thursday morning, police said the man sustained a severe laceration to his lower left jaw and two fractures to his mandible and will require specialist surgery at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
Investigators from the Mid North Coast Local Area Command are investigating the incident and are appealing for help to locate the offender.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 35 to 45 years old with a stocky build and was last seen wearing shorts to his knees and a high-visibility work shirt or similar and had his face covered.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Port Macquarie Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.