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Police cordoned off Hosier Lane in Melbourne’s CBD after two jewellers subdued fugitive Jonathan Dick, who was wanted for murder. Image credit: ABC
Police cordoned off Hosier Lane in Melbourne’s CBD after two jewellers subdued fugitive Jonathan Dick, who was wanted for murder. Image credit: ABC

Man wanted for murder detained by jewellers

Two jewellers were instrumental in the capture of one of Victoria’s most-wanted fugitives this week.

David Cammarata and Dion Raiola, of Diamondline Jewellery in Melbourne, managed to subdue and restrain Jonathan Dick – who was wanted by police in connection to the 2017 slaying of his brother David – on Hosier Lane in the city’s CBD on Monday 19 August.

Dick was pictured bleeding profusely as police handcuffed and escorted him away. He is facing murder charges over David’s death, which shocked the city two years ago. David was killed by blows from a samurai sword in the carpark of a shopping centre on 3 February 2017; his brother was immediately considered a suspect, and disappeared shortly after the crime.

David Cammarata
David Cammarata
“There was no way we would let him get away”
David Cammarata, Diamondline Jewellery

Police failed to track down the 41 year old until he resurfaced on 23 August last year to allegedly attack Cammarata, an acquaintance from high school. CCTV footage shows a man hiding underneath the stairs of Cammarata’s home before ambushing him with a hammer.

While Dick again managed to evade capture, his appearance in the CBD appears linked to the Cammarata attack. It’s thought he was planning another violent assault as he arrived at the Flinders Street carpark near Diamondline Jewellery. 

“He was just watching me,” Cammarata told The Age. “I don’t know what his plans were but he was just looking and may have been planning something for when I came to work.”

Speaking of the moment he and Raiola – his cousin and colleague at the family-owned jewellery store – chased and restrained Dick, Cammarata said, “There was no way we would let him get away.”

Raiola told Nine News, “We got the job done. We’ve seen him, we chased him, we got him, and we incapacitated him. Everyone’s happy that he’s caught. Davo can sleep easy now.”

Dick has since been charged with attempted murder in relation to the August incident and one count of stalking. He was remanded in custody following an appearance in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Both Cammarata and Raiola have returned to work and are reportedly being considered for the $100,000 reward for Dick’s capture, alongside a third person.


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