A DISTINCTIVE prison tattoo may be the key to solving a stabbing in Wodonga.
A 28-year-old man was knifed several times while walking through David Bishop Reserve about 9am last Wednesday.
Detective Acting Sgt Andrew Leonard said police believe the offender has a cross tattooed near a thumb, possibly on his right hand.
“It’s quite a distinct tattoo,” he said.
“It’s a tattoo of a cross, it’s described as a homemade or prison tattoo.
“It has green or black ink that you might see around on a number of people.”
The offender is described as Caucasian, about 175 centimetres tall, with a skinny build and short black hair.
He also has a rat’s tail starting at the top of his head near his right ear in a “Jedi” style.
Police have also released an image of a man seen in the park at the time, but don’t believe the person is a suspect.
“There was a witness who saw him briefly in the park at the time, certainly very close to the time the incident took place,” Acting Sgt Leonard said.
“I do want to stress the face fit (image) is not the person we believe at this stage has done the stabbing, just someone we believe may have been in the vicinity.
“We don’t know whether he was with the offender or was totally independent.”
Police are urging anyone with information to contact police.
“We’ve had a lot of support from the community thus far,” Acting Sgt Leonard said.
“That’s why we’re looking to get some more help from the community.”
The victim is still recovering in hospital after surgery.
Acting Sgt Leonard said the man was expected to eventually recover fully from the wounds.
Phone Wodonga pol-ice on (02) 6049 2600 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with information.