Armed robbery and dangerous operation of vehicle at Townsville

Police have charged a teenage girl and are appealing for information following an alleged armed robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle last night in Townsville.

Overnight on Friday (14) and Saturday (15) a Mazda sedan was allegedly stolen from a Mount Low address during a break-in.

Shortly before 6pm last night (February 16) it will be alleged the occupants of the stolen Mazda threw objects from their vehicle at another motorist, a man driving a dual cab.

Police will allege the driver chased the stolen Mazda from Aitkenvale to Townsville before crashing into the rear of the Mazda in Stanley Street at around 7.30pm, causing it to stop.

The four occupants of the Mazda, all believed to be juveniles, fled on foot.

Police attended the crash scene and arrested a 17-year-old girl, an alleged passenger in the stolen Mazda.

Police will allege a 31-year-old Hermit Park woman, who stopped to render assistance at the crash site, was forced from her vehicle at knife point by two male occupants from the stolen Mazda.

The pair, along with the third occupant, also believed to be a teenage boy, then fled in the woman’s vehicle, an orange Holden Commodore sedan.

Police conducted extensive enquiries and patrols throughout the night and at around 4.20am this morning sighted the stolen Commodore on Riverway Road Bridge. A tyre deflation device (stingers) was successfully deployed to the two front tyres with the vehicle later located abandoned in Vincent at around 8.30am.

It is believed no one was physically injured during any of the incidents.

A 17-year-old Kelso girl, who was the fourth occupant in the alleged stolen Mazda, has been charged with one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

A 48-year-old Hermit Park man, the driver of the dual cab, has been charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on March 4.

Investigations are continuing.

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