Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Erin man robbed, assaulted and kidnapped by armed men

Police are investigating a report in which a 48-year-old man was assaulted and kidnapped on Tuesday morning.

The victim told police that around 4.30 am he was at home, preparing to enter his vehicle to leave for work when he was confronted by four armed men all wearing bandanas over their faces.

The armed assailants announced a hold-up, carried him back into his home and proceeded to rob him of his cash and valuables. This included $12,000 in cash, as well as his cellular phones, wallet, and musical equipment.

The men then ordered the victim into his white Nissan Frontier and forced him to drive to Rancho Quemado Branch Trace, Erin.

They then allegedly tied the victim's hands with socks as they went through the items they had stolen.

While the robbers were distracted the victim saw an opportunity to escape and ran a short distance away.

He was able to flag down persons in the area for assistance and the police were notified.

Officers responded, led by Cpl Changoor to find several of the stolen items, including the truck, abandoned at the side of the roadway.

It is suspected that when the victim fled the scene, the gunmen panicked and took what they could carry before running off.

The stolen items were dusted for prints and workable samples were recovered.

PC Wears is continuing inquiries.

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