A woman and her four young children allegedly endured the most terrifying and unthinkable ordeal that went on for hours on Saturday.
A 29-year-old man allegedly went into the family’s Logan home, south of Brisbane, and choked the woman before forcing her and the children into a car.
The man drove the terrified family around for several hours before returning to their home that evening, police allege, The Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
One back inside the house, the man is alleged to have kidnapped the children – leaving the distraught mother behind.
Police allege they tried to intercept the man’s car before he rammed their vehicle and drove off at a high speed, before ramming a second police car at the Daisy Hill petrol station at about 8.15pm.
The man is believed to have then abandoned the car, with the children still in it, while the car was still in motion, police claim.
He then fled on foot and allegedly attempted to steal a car from a 48-year-old man in Atlantic Dr, Loganholme, about 9pm.
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A violent struggle broke out
Police took the man into custody after what they allege was a “violent struggle”.
Thankfully, the children were unharmed and were returned to their very relieved mother.
A 29-year-old man from the Logan area has been charged with five counts of kidnapping (domestic violence offence), two counts of common assault (domestic violence offence), two counts of contravening a domestic violence order and one count of strangulation (domestic violence offence).
The man was charged with 16 offences including strangulation, assault and kidnapping (domestic violence offences).
He was also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and obstruct police and one count of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle with intent to commit an indictable offence using violence.
He was denied police bail and is due to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today.