Terrifying Abduction, Carjacking Of Woman Sparks Major Manhunt
A manhunt is underway after a woman was abducted in her own car on the Gold Coast.
The 26-year-old was on the phone to her mother in a carpark at Robina Town Centre about 4.45pm on Monday when she was forced into the car by an unknown man.
Police allege he then demanded the woman drive north on the M1 motorway.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith told reporters the victim's mobile Bluetooth fortunately kicked in, meaning her mother could overhear her distress. Her mother then hung up the phone and called police.
"We were then very lucky that police could ring the victim's phone back and speak to the offender and negotiate with him to let her pull over and he decamped," he said.
The woman was released on the side of the motorway at Gaven a short time later before the offender ran into bushland.
He was then picked up by another motorist and driven south to Mudgeeraba. That motorist has been urged to speak to police.
Det. Insp. Smith said while the woman had no visible injuries, the offender physically assaulted her by putting his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming and by pulling her hair.
"It was quite a traumatic experience for that young woman," he said.
Several police units were involved in the search for the offender on Monday night. He remains at large.
Det. Insp. Smith said a number of people have since come forward with similar reports, including one later on Monday where a male approached a vehicle at traffic lights in Robina.
"We are trying to find this person. We are not saying the community is at risk, but anyone who behaves like that is certainly a concern," he said.
The man is described as Caucasian, aged 52 and with short grey hair.
He was wearing denim shorts and a dark grey t-shirt and was carrying a paper bag at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.