Teenage boy is ‘hit with a car after being lured to a late night meet-up’ to sell a VAPE to men he met on the internet – leaving him with ‘catastrophic’ head injuries

  • Aren Beniwal, 17, fighting for life in hospital after being run over Monday night 
  • Police allege he was selling vapes to four males and one robbed him with a knife 
  • As the ute drove away the teenager went underneath suffering critical injuries 
  • An 18-year-old male was charged over incident with investigations continuing 

A teenager has been charged over an alleged late-night e-cigarette robbery of another boy who was left with ‘catastrophic’ head injuries after he was run over. 

Aren Beniwal, 17, is fighting for life after being rushed to hospital by paramedics who were called to Perseus Circuit in Kellyville, north-west Sydney, about 10.30pm on Monday. 

The charged teenager, 18, drove with three other males, aged 18, 19 and 20, to meet with the boy after arranging to buy e-cigarettes – but he instead robbed him of the items at knife-point, police allege. 

Aren Beniwal, 17, with his family (pictured right) is fighting for life after being hit by a car on Monday night in north-west Sydney 

CCTV of the incident (pictured) shows the three males allegedly driving off in a ute before doubling back to render assistance to the boy

CCTV of the incident (pictured) shows the three males allegedly driving off in a ute before doubling back to render assistance to the boy 

‘As a result, there seems to be a dispute and the car has driven off, and it looks like the 17-year-old man has gone underneath the car,’ NSW Police Detective Inspector Chris Laird said. 

Mr Beniwal had celebrated his 17th birthday just a week ago. His family were reportedly watching a movie inside the house on Monday night and were unaware of the incident until asked into the street by police. 

A neighbour of the Beniwal family, which also includes father Anudeep and mother Suniti, described them as a loving family and said Aren was not known as a trouble-maker. 

One of the car’s occupants fled on foot while the other three were captured on CCTV driving away, police said.

However, police say those in the car doubled back almost immediately to render assistance to the boy and call paramedics. 

Perseus Circuit, Kellyville, where emergency crews were called on Monday night (pictured)

Perseus Circuit, Kellyville, where emergency crews were called on Monday night (pictured) 

Officers from The Hills Police Area Command commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the teen’s injuries. 

Det Insp Laird said the three occupants of the car who doubled back were interviewed by police. 

Following inquiries, an 18-year-old man was arrested at Windsor Police Station about 10.30am on Tuesday. 

He was charged with assault with intent to rob armed offensive weapon wound/weapon and refused bail to appear before Penrith Local Court on Wednesday.  

Inquiries are continuing and further charges have not been ruled out.

The 17-year-old boy remains in a critical condition at Westmead Hospital and was placed in an induced coma. 

The critically-injured boy is believed to have had surgery on Tuesday at Westmead Hospital after sustaining head injuries on Monday night

The critically-injured boy is believed to have had surgery on Tuesday at Westmead Hospital after sustaining head injuries on Monday night 

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