Teenagers carjack rideshare drivers

Two incidents involving adolescents as young as 13 or 14 occurred on Friday, one in Queensland and the other in Victoria. The first incident took place in Brisbane, where two rideshare drivers were carjacked by a group of teenagers. The incident occurred near a McDonald’s in Hamilton Road, Chermside, resulting in injuries to two drivers and two staff members during an altercation. The teenagers stole the second driver’s keys and fled the scene, leading police on a chase through several suburbs before they were arrested in Goodna.

In Queensland, a 15-year-old girl from Chermside West was charged with armed robbery, attempted robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and two counts of common assault. Four other girls aged 13 to 15, and two boys aged 15, were also charged in connection with the incident. They are all scheduled to appear in Brisbane Children’s Court for their charges.

In Victoria, a separate carjacking incident occurred in Tarneit, where a group of teenagers attacked a rideshare driver and stole his Mercedes-Benz SUV. The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The offenders were tracked by police and two teenage girls were arrested, while three others fled the scene. Three suspects, including an 18-year-old male and two teenage boys, were apprehended and charged with theft of a motor vehicle. Two 14-year-old girls are expected to be charged on summons for their involvement in the incident.

The arrested suspects are set to appear in court at a later date, while police continue to search for the remaining two teenagers involved. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers or submit a confidential report online.

These incidents highlight the dangers that rideshare drivers may face while on duty, and the importance of safety measures and awareness when working in the transportation industry. It serves as a reminder of the risks associated with the profession and the need for vigilance and caution at all times.

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