Teen charged over Wakeley riots as NSW Police continue search for nine men who can help with investigations

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A man police want to speak to is described as being of Caucasian appearance, medium build, with a tattoo of Jesus Christ on his stomach and a full tattoo sleave on his left arm.
A man police want to speak to is described as being of Caucasian appearance, medium build, with a tattoo of Jesus Christ on his stomach and a full tattoo sleave on his left arm. Credit: AFP

NSW Police has charged a fifth person over riots that erupted outside a church in Sydney’s west after an Assyrian bishop was stabbed during a live-streamed sermon.

A 17-year-old will front children’s court on Wednesday over charges of rioting, destroying or damaging property and possessing an unauthorised pistol outside the Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley last Monday.

About 2,000 rioters violently clashed with police for hours, pelting officers with projectiles including bricks and fence posts. About 58 officers were injured while 51 police vehicles were damaged.

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NSW Police on Tuesday appealed to the public for information about nine men they believe could help with the investigation into the riot.

Strike Force Dribs Commander Superintendent Andrew Evans said the nine men were being targeted by detectives due to the “violent and aggressive nature of their actions”.

“We are doing everything we can to identify these men and are now appealing for public assistance,” he said.

“Someone in the community knows who they are.”

A 16-year-old has been charged over the live-streamed stabbing attack on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel at the Christ the Good Shepherd Church, which authorities have designated a terror attack.

The men police believe could help with the investigation into the riot:

One man is described as Caucasian with a tattoo of Jesus Christ on his stomach.

The first man (Person A) depicted is described as being of Caucasian appearance, medium build, with a tattoo of Jesus Christ on his stomach and a full tattoo sleave on his left arm.
The first man (Person A) depicted is described as being of Caucasian appearance, medium build, with a tattoo of Jesus Christ on his stomach and a full tattoo sleave on his left arm. Credit: AFP

Person B, is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, with receding dark brown hair and a beard. He is shown wearing a black jumper, grey pants, black shoes and carrying a grey shoulder bag.

Person B.
Person B. Credit: NSW Police

Person C is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, with short black hair and beard. He is shown wearing a grey V-neck shirt, dark jeans and white shoes.

Person C.
Person C. Credit: NSW Police

Person D is described as being of medium build, wearing a grey hooded jumper, grey shorts, black socks and white shoes.

Person D.
Person D. Credit: NSW Police

Person E depicted is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, muscular build, tan complexion, with a dark coloured beard. He is shown wearing a Nike hat, black singlet, grey cargo pants and white shoes.

Person E.
Person E. Credit: NSW Police

Person H is shown wearing a t-shirt and carrying a fire extinguisher.

Person H.
Person H. Credit: NSW Police

Person I is described as having short dark hair and a beard, wearing a hooded jumper, dark pants and a black shoulder bag.

Person I.
Person I. Credit: NSW Police

Person J is described as being of large appearance, bald with a goatee. He is shown wearing a dark jumper with writing around the collar.

Person J.
Person J. Credit: NSW Police

Person K is described as having his hair in braids and having a dark beard. He is shown wearing a black hooded jumper, tracksuit pants and socks with slides.

Person K.
Person K. Credit: NSW Police

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