Carjack ordeal terrifies woman
A woman who was carjacked and forced at knifepoint to drive before being dumped from her car says she feels “shattered” and “terrified” after the violent attack.
City of Mandurah councillor Caroline — who asked not to have her surname used — was confronted by two men as she was getting into her car outside the council chambers about 6.40pm on Monday.
Police claim she was repeatedly threatened with a weapon and forced to drive about 3km to the Henson Street beach carpark at Silver Sands before being dumped from the car.
As the car drove away, the 51year-old ran to a nearby house and contacted police.
She said she had been traumatised by the ordeal.
“It is quite horrific and it has been terrifying and traumatic for me and my family,” Caroline said yesterday.
“It has been a terrifying ordeal and not something you would expect to happen.
“I feel shattered to be quite honest – it has been traumatic and it will probably take a while to get over.
“I haven’t driven anywhere yet and I am not sure if I’ll ever want to get back in my car.”
Police say the car — a lime green Subaru wagon — was driven around the Mandurah area for several hours before it was dumped in a carpark behind the Kingdomcity Church about 4am.
Detectives arrested two men on Tuesday and have charged a 38-year-old with deprivation of liberty, stealing a motor vehicle, aggravated robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon. They say their investigation is continuing and that they are waiting for the results of a forensic examination of the car and CCTV collected from surrounding streets.
Caroline, who police say had her handbag containing her phone and purse taken, said she was speaking out to urge anyone who had witnessed the alleged attack or saw her car in the Mandurah area on Monday night to contact police.
“It all happened so quickly and it is just a reminder that we all need to be vigilant when out and about,” she said.
Det-Sen. Const. Adele McSevney said police wanted to speak to the female driver of a red SUV who was driving near the beach carpark about the time Caroline was dumped from her car.
She said they also wanted to hear from anyone who was near the council chambers about 6.40pm on Monday.
“The incident has had a dramatic effect on Caroline,” DetSen. Const. McSevney said.
“If you are out on your own, be vigilant.”
I’m not sure I ever want to get back in my car. Caroline
Caroline was carjacked on Monday outside the City of Mandurah offices.