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Death of Cranbourne North teen sparks plea for help
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Jason Langhans, left, with friend Tyler, died in hospital last Saturday after being assaulted at a party in Tooradin last month.

Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for the community’s help to identify three males wanted for questioning over the death of Cranbourne North teenager Jason Langhans. The 17-year-old died in hospital last Saturday after being assaulted at a 16th birthday party in Tooradin on Sunday, March 21.

Detectives believe the three males, who were not invited to the party nor known to the wider group of guests, turned up with one of the guests towards the end of the night. About 2.30am, as guests were leaving and milling out the front of the Station Rd home, a minor confrontation occurred between the trio and another guest who had asked them to leave. Investigators believe Jason was near the confrontation when, without provocation, he was “assaulted to the head with a thin implement best described as a screwdriver”.

Jason was given first aid at the scene before being driven home; when his condition deteriorated, however, paramedics were called and he was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“I can’t even imagine what the Langhans family must be going through; to find out that your son and much-loved brother, who just went out to a party, will no longer be coming home,” said Homicide Squad detective Inspector Andrew Stamper. “From the information we have at this stage, this fatal assault appears to have occurred without provocation, and was an attack on a young man without warning. There are people in the community who will know who was involved and who will have information that can help; we urge you to come forward with any details.”

The three males were chased from the property and into the grounds of nearby rural properties by a group of guests. Police believed a further altercation occurred in one of those properties and would like to hear from anyone with information about the offenders, the further altercation, the area where this occurred, or the type of weapon used.

“To the friends or guests who chased the trio away, who would have been just trying to look out for their friend, we’d like to hear from you to help establish the circumstances of what occurred and you may be able to help us find the weapon involved,” Insp Stamper said. “We’re urging anyone who knows the three men involved, who we believe attended with the intention to cause trouble, to come forward. These men need to be held to account for their actions.”

The three males are believed to be Middle Eastern in appearance, of driving age and are not from the area where the party was held. One is described as about 170cm, with dark, short-cropped hair. The second is about 170cm, with wavy black hair that was brushed across his face. The third is about 170cm, with a dark crew cut, and may also have injuries to the left side of his face. All were wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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