Liberal Australian mayor stabbed in suspected home invasion, suspects still at large: police

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A liberal Australian mayor was stabbed in an alleged overnight home invasion on Monday as the group of five to six suspects who broke into the Sydney-area home escaped unscathed.

Patrick Conolly, the 32-year-old Liberal mayor of Hawkesbury council, was stabbed in the upper left arm in a suspected home invasion in his Bligh Park area near Windsor, which is a suburb of Sydney, in Australia, located in the state of New South Wales, according to local authorities.

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Authorities said their preliminary investigation suggested Conolly was not the intended target and the episode could have been a case of “mistaken identity”, the Guardian reported.

Patrick Conolly, Mayor of Hawkesbury, seen on his business Facebook page.
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Patrick Conolly, Mayor of Hawkesbury, seen on his business Facebook page.
(Patrick Conolly – Mayor of Hawkesbury)

Police said between five and six men forced their way inside around 12:45 p.m. local time, when Conolly was home with his wife and four children.

The suspects took a few personal items from the house and fled the scene in the mayor’s white Skoda.

No arrests have been announced. Conolly was treated at the scene and then taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition. His wife and children were not injured in the incident.

A manhunt for the suspects is underway, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, and anyone with information or relevant CCTV or dashcam footage is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Conolly was elected mayor of Hawkesbury, a local government area in New South Wales, in 2020.

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