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Carjacking in Ocean Shores, warrants issued

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Sol’s car was trashed after he and his friends were abducted in Ocean Shores just before Christmas. Photo Jeff Dawson

A young Ocean Shores man and his friends were recently held captive at knife-point and driven to Coolamon Scenic Drive by two young men before they escaped unharmed.

Detective Chief Inspector David Silversides supported the version of events given to The Echo by the young man’s mother, Georgi, and his housemate, Andrew Ayliffe.

At the request of Sol, his last name has been withheld.

There was extensive damage done to the car before the carjackers ran off. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Around 10.30pm on December 23, Sol was driving west along Orana Road Ocean Shores before entering onto Coolamon Scenic Drive, when two males walked out in front of the vehicle asking him to stop.

Sol’s mum Georgi told The Echo one of the males then produced a large knife, before telling Sol to move over. Both men then got into the vehicle.

‘They drove west on Coolamon Scenic Drive, before driving to a local address’, Georgi said.

‘Sol and the other vehicle occupants were told to stay in the vehicle with one of them while the other went into a house’.

‘A short time later, he came running back to the vehicle with blood on him. They then drove off at speed.

‘When attempting to turn the vehicle around, it became bogged, which enabled Sol and his friends to escape into a paddock.

‘Police were then called to the scene, and they found that Sol’s car windows had been broken and doors damaged’.

Local police told The Echo an investigation is underway by Tweed Byron Detectives, and arrest warrants have been issued for the two young men, who are now suspected to be in Queensland.

A GoFundMe page to raise money for a new car for Sol has already reached $4,255 as of this morning.

Georgi told The Echo she and her family are very grateful for the support that the community has given.

‘It sets a great example to Sol and his friends of how community can rally together to support each other in need’.

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