Horror ordeal at food outlet
A YOUNG woman has spoken out about her terrifying ordeal during a late night fast-food run when her car was set upon by a gang trying to break in and pelted with rocks.
The 20-year-old James Cook University student, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution, said she was waiting in the Nathan St McDonald’s drive-through early Saturday morning with her girlfriends, aged 17, 18 and two 19, when her car was ambushed by t hree ‘ ‘ extremely intoxicated’’ people.
She hopes that by speaking out, authorities will improve security at the troublespot.
‘ ‘ They were reaching through the windows and then opened the doors on the left side of the car, reaching into the girls ( and) grabbing them,’’ she said.
‘‘ We were in the middle of paying at the time and the McDonald’s employee who was serving us at the window who was a male just stood there and said nothing.
‘‘ Obviously scared, I put my foot down and we drove out of there without collecting our ordered food.’’
The terrified girl said after calming down on the side of the road, she decided to go back to collect the food, but it was then things really got out of hand.
She said after being told by the same employee attacks like the one they just experienced were all too common, a much larger group of between eight to 10 drunk people appeared and began hitting a car in front of hers.
The victim said she then took another exit, but when she turned on to Nathan St, the group had began to chase her, with one of the women in the group hurling a handful of rocks at her car.
‘‘ We first heard them hit the side and then the back left passenger window smashed, covering the three girls in glass,’’ she said.
‘‘ The one closest to the window, who was underage, saw the rock fly through the window, an inch from her face.
‘‘ The glass shattered but remained in place apart from a clearly defined hole which the rock made.’’
The woman said she could not understand why there was no security present at the time and McDonald’s staff did not rush to their aid.
A store manager told the Bulletin she was not authorised to comment on the incident and the only person who could was on holidays.
Munding burra police officer -in - charge Senior - Sergeant Graeme Paterson confirmed police were investigating the incident, and he conceded large groups were a problem for police from time to time.
‘‘ People acting in troublesome groups sometimes feel more courage to commit offences and they think they will be less accountable for their actions, or less likely to be caught,’’ he said.
‘‘ We take the rights of decent people being able to move freely within our community without fear of attack from this riff raff seriously.
‘‘ I suggest people who encounter situations like this call police immediately.’’
Anyone with information should call Townsville police on 4759 9777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.