Distinctive tattoo could catch ‘killer’
A DISTINCTIVELY tattooed man - who is alleged to have killed his own brother with a sword and attacked a mate with a hammer - has been "hiding in plain sight" for almost two years.
That's the claim of Victoria Police, which is today announcing a $100,000 reward as part of the ongoing search for Jonathan Dick.
The alleged killer is wanted by police for the murder of his brother, David, on February 3 last year in Keilor, northwest Melbourne.
A personal training group stumbled across David after he had been attacked near a lift at a Westfield shopping centre. He was suffering severe head injuries and died at the scene.
Detectives believe the two brothers may have fallen out in an argument over property.
The fugitive is also wanted over a non-fatal hammer attack on a former friend - also in Keilor - on August 23 this year.
In that attack, police allege a 38-year-old man was assaulted with a hammer in a residential driveway on Church Street just before 7am.
He sustained a minor laceration to the back of his head and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives have previously said Jonathan Dick can survive on little to no money for long periods of time by attending homeless shelters and soup kitchens.
However, the officer in charge of the Homicide Squad, Detective Inspector Tim Day, said Mr Dick's distinctive leg tattoos may help lead to his capture as the weather warms up and he is forced to wear less clothing.
The first tattoo is of Wolverine v Sabretooth on his right thigh, while the second depicts The Incredible Hulk and is believed to be on his left lower leg.
"It's our belief that over the past year, Jonathan has essentially been hiding in plain sight," Det Insp Day said.
"His movements over the past 18 months are a mystery and we require the public's help.
"The recent footage of him (from Keilor) shows that he is clean-shaven, has not lost a significant amount of weight and is wearing clean clothes. On that basis we suspect he is not sleeping rough and may have access to stable lodging and funds.
"We obviously want to know where he is staying, where he is buying his food and how he's getting around."
Police have now uploaded pictures of the tattoos on social media and a computer-generated image of what the alleged killer may look like now with long hair.
"This is not a man who stands out and is probably taking care to ensure he doesn't stand out, but he will have to come into contact with members of the public at various times and it is crucial that the community are our eyes and ears," Det Insp Day said.
"We are urging people to keep a lookout for him in their local area and if they do see him, to call triple-0 immediately."
Mr Dick's family said they were "completely shattered" when they were told Jonathan was being treated as a suspect in his brother's murder.
"It's almost surreal at the moment," his mum told 9NEWS.
"I had no idea it was Jonathan. It was totally unbelievable."
He added that there was nothing at this stage to indicate that Mr Dick was a risk to the wider community.
"What we do know is that the two incidents he has been involved in involved people who were known to him," he said.
"We do not have any evidence at this stage that he has been involved in any other incidents."
Victoria Police has also today released a video Mr Dick, filmed at a friend's wedding in 2007.
The force says the footage has been released in a bid for the community to hear his voice and see his mannerisms.
Investigators have also released footage of Jonathan leaving the scene at Keilor, along with a computer-generated image which shows how Jonathan is likely to look at the moment with longer hair.
He is described as being of caucasian appearance, about 176cm tall with a solid build and mousy brown hair.
Police are appealing for Mr Dick to hand himself in and urge anyone who sights him not to approach him but to call triple-0 immediately.