Latrobe Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested two hitchhikers following an aggravated carjacking which occurred in Maryvale last night.
The incident occurred when the victim, a 45-year-old Sale man, who was driving from Sale to Melbourne, picked up the two hitchhikers near a fast-food outlet in Traralgon just before 6pm.
While travelling on Tanjil East Road, one of the offenders allegedly produced a firearm and threatened the victim telling him to pull over and get into the back seat.
The victim was eventually dropped off near a pine plantation, but with no phone which was allegedly stolen by the offenders, was unable to notify police for several hours.
The victim’s car, a white Holden Commodore, was later found dumped in Moe and the two offenders, a 16-year-old Morwell boy and a 19-year-old Maffra man were arrested shortly after.
The 19-year-old Maffra man has been charged with aggravated carjacking and is expected to appear at the Latrobe Magistrates’ Court this morning.
The 16-year-old Morwell boy has also been charged with aggravated carjacking and is expected to appear at a children’s court at a later date.