Parents’ worst nightmare as boy is ABDUCTED off the street by strangers as he walks home: ‘Do you want to come for a ride?’
- A 17-year-old boy was kidnapped in Adelaide’s south on Thursday night
- The teen was walking home when four men in a car followed him
- Two of them forced him into the car but he escaped at a roundabout
A 17-year-old boy has been forced into a car with four strangers as he walked home from a night out, South Australian police said.
The teenager was walking on the esplanade at Somerton Park, Adelaide, about 10pm on Thursday when a driver stopped and asked: ‘Do you want to come for a ride?’
The boy declined, but was forced into the white sedan by two men and driven north. But he then managed to flee the unlocked car at an intersection and escape home.
The teenager was walking on the esplanade at Somerton Park, Adelaide (pictured) , about 10pm on Thursday evening when a driver stopped and asked: ‘Do you want to come for a ride?’
Detective Chief Inspector Kieran Baggoley told the Advertiser the young man was not threatened or robbed and came away unscathed.
The local was walking near Yarrum Grove after returning home from a party with friends in Glenelg when the car pulled up beside him.
The occupants of the vehicle asked him twice if he needed a lift as they followed him along the road – but he declined.
Then two of the strangers from the rear of the vehicle got out and forced the teen into the backseat before the car took off.
But the teenager escaped after the unlocked vehicle slowed down at a roundabout at the intersection of Pier and Partridge Streets in Glenelg.
He then ran home and alerted police.
All the men were described as Caucasian.
One of the suspects was 190 cm tall and in his late 30s to early 40s.
The boy escaped after the vehicle slowed down at a roundabout at the intersection of Pier and Partridge Streets in Glenelg (pictured)
He had a large black and grey beard, a pot belly and wore a dark grey hoodie.
A second man looked younger and shorter than the other one and had a muscular build.
He wore an orange t-shirt and a white beanie.
Detective Inspector Baggoley said the men did not speak while the teen was in the car.
He said investigations are underway into the motives behind the bizarre incident and added it could be an isolated event.
Southern District CIB detectives are investigating and ask anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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