Police are investigating a bizarre armed robbery which occurred on the side of a country road near Creswick yesterday.
Detective Sergeant Tony Coxall from Moorabool Criminal Investigation Unit said occupants of two vehicles arranged to meet on a quiet section of Gillies Road just before 1pm.
During the meeting, a 33-year-old Clunes man was assaulted with a wheel brace.
Detective Sergeant Coxall said some items may have been stolen from the victim’s car before the offenders fled.
“We’re investigating as an armed robbery and assault with intent to rob,” he said.
“We’re treating it as a serious matter.”
He conceded the crime was out of the ordinary.
“It’s definitely an unusual location for a meeting,” he said.
“We believe all parties are known to each other and we believe they’ve met here by agreement.”
Paramedics were called and treated the man at the scene, but he was not taken to hospital.
He suffered injuries to his face, shoulders and neck.
Detective Senior Constable said the victim had been lucky to escape with “superficial” injuries.
“He’s pretty sore, he’s been hit with an iron brace,” he said.
“We have seen a number of witnesses that have intervened and its probably just as well that they did.
“Just their presence, actually stopping their vehicle and taking an interest in what was happening has stopped the assault from escalating.”
Police have called for any additional witnesses, who have not yet spoken to police, to come forward with any information they might have.
A 24-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were arrested yesterday and taken to Ballarat Police Station.
Detective Sergeant Coxall said there would be an ongoing investigation and no charges had been laid last night.