Car­jack or­deal ter­ri­fies woman

The West Australian - - NEWS - Rourke Walsh

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

Pic­ture: Steve Fer­rier

Caro­line was car­jacked on Mon­day out­side the City of Man­durah of­fices.

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