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Retired Reverend Carjacked With Toy Gun At Melbourne Golf Course

A retired reverend has recounted the moment he stared down the barrel of a gun, only to realise it was plastic.

Melbourne's John Evans had just finished a round of golf at Parkville’s Royal Park Golf Club when he was carjacked by a bumbling thug and had his pants ripped off.

The 65-year-old was attempting to drive out of Old Poplar Rd at 8am on Monday morning, when a dark SUV stopped in front of his car and a man jumped out of the passenger seat.

“A person somewhat aggressively approached the car. My initial thought was … road rage. They had been upset with me tooting and they wanted my car park …" he claimed to 10 News First.

"Quickly he opened the door and I immediately saw the gun.”

The thug allegedly pointed a plastic black pistol at Evans and ordered him out of his 2019 silver Subaru Impreza.

“We say you’re looking down the barrel of a gun and that is what I was literally doing. But it was just thin plastic. There was no sense of metal about the barrel.”

The offender panicked when he realised the car was keyless and dropped his fake firearm to search the retired reverend's pockets.

“He was aggressively going for a pocket, that he worked out, was where the keys were and literally ripped my trousers.”

Evans claimed the man eventually took the keys and drove off with his car, the driver in the SUV also sped off.

The Brunswick grandfather worked for Uniting Church for more than three decades before retiring.

Investigators have released an image of the victim’s car and a computer-generated image of a man they believe can assist with their enquiries.

The car’s registration plate is 1001DS.

Anyone who witnessed the carjacking or anyone with dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.