Seven African thugs allegedly threatened a man with a gun before taking off with his vehicle during a dramatic daylight carjacking in Melbourne.
The gang allegedly accosted the victim as he was sitting in his parked Holden Commodore Sedan in Packenham’s central shopping district about 2.40pm on Friday.
‘One of the men produced a firearm and demanded the victim get out of his car,’ a Victoria Police spokeswoman told The Australian.
After the man got out of his car one of the alleged offenders took off with it, later dumping it five minutes away on Gallery Way.
‘One offender then left in the vehicle. The others fled on foot.’
The alleged offenders are still on the run.
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A woman who lives on Savage Street told The Age the incident was ‘incredibly worrying’.
‘It’s incredibly worrying to think this is going on, it’s just lucky no-one was walking down the street and became involved … an innocent victim,’ she said.
‘It’s extremely disturbing to think it’s going on right where we live. It’s frightened me enormously.’
The carjacking follows a similar incident last week where two men allegedly smashed a woman’s mouth with the butt of a gun while stealing her car.
The 57-year-old woman was driving in Narre Warren South when her car was hit by a four-wheel drive, before the men got out and allegedly assaulted her.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.