Teenagers kidnapping rideshare drivers

Two Incidents of Teenagers Carjacking Rideshare Drivers: One in Queensland and One in Victoria

Two alarming incidents involving teenagers as young as 13 or 14 years old occurred on Friday, one in Queensland and the other in Victoria. In both cases, rideshare drivers were targeted and their vehicles were stolen by groups of minors.

Queensland Incident:
In the Queensland incident, two rideshare drivers were kidnapped by a group of teenagers in Chermside, a suburb of Brisbane. The incident took place on Friday morning, May 10, when a rideshare vehicle was involved in an attempted carjacking near a McDonald’s on Hamilton Road. The rideshare driver managed to escape to the fast food restaurant, but he was followed by the teenagers. A physical altercation ensued, resulting in injuries to the rideshare driver, another driver, and two staff members. The teenagers then stole the keys to the second driver’s vehicle and fled the scene.

The stolen vehicle was tracked by the police as it traveled through various suburbs before the tires were slashed in Goodna around 1.40 am. Seven teenagers were arrested in connection with the incident. Among them, a 15-year-old girl from Chermside West was charged with armed robbery of a business, attempted robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and two counts of common assault. Four other girls, aged between 13 and 15, and two boys, both aged 15, were also charged with similar offenses. They are all due to appear in Brisbane Youth Court on May 17.

Victoria Incident:
On the same day in Victoria, a group of teenagers allegedly carjacked a rideshare driver in Tarneit, a suburb 25 kilometers west of Melbourne. The incident occurred around 11 pm when the teenagers were picked up by a rideshare driver in a Mercedes-Benz van on Cloverdale Road. One of the passengers reportedly attacked the driver, forced him out of the vehicle, and fled the scene in the stolen car.

The driver, a 62-year-old man from Point Cook, sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The stolen vehicle was tracked by the Highway Patrol in Point Cook, with assistance from the Air Wing. Two teenage girls were arrested after fleeing the vehicle, while three other offenders abandoned the car and fled on foot. Three suspects, including an 18-year-old man and two teenage boys, were arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft. The two girls, aged 14, were released but are expected to be charged with the same offense.

Police are still searching for the two remaining teenagers involved in the Victoria carjacking. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

These incidents highlight the concerning trend of young offenders targeting rideshare drivers for carjackings. The safety and well-being of rideshare drivers must be prioritized, and measures should be taken to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

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