Carjacking arrest, Woolloongabba

Dutton Park detectives have arrested a man following an alleged carjacking in Woolloongabba tonight in which a woman was dragged for several hundred metres before the vehicle crashed.

Around 7pm a man and a woman in a blue Mitsubishi Lancer hatchback parked in the Buranda Shopping Centre carpark outside Nando’s restaurant. The man went inside to collect food leaving the car running while the woman waited in the front passenger’s seat.

It is alleged a man then sat in the driver’s seat before driving off. The man allegedly pushed the woman out of the vehicle causing the woman to be dragged for several hundred metres while the car drove erratically before crashing into a brick retaining wall outside a church in O’Keefe Street.

Police were immediately on scene and the man was arrested. The 22-year-old woman received serious injuries and was transported to hospital.

An 18-year-old Ellen Grove man has been charged with unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, robbery with violence, dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty and unlicensed driving.

He is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow, January 12.

Detectives are appealing for any dashcam footage of the Buranda Shopping Centre between 5pm and 7pm. Anyone who witnessed the incident or noticed a man acting suspiciously in the area is urged to contact police. The man is described as aboriginal in appearance, curly hair in a ‘man bun’ style, black shorts, black T-shirt and a black, white and red hoodie.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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