Police have released chilling footage of a daylight kidnapping in Sydney’s west after a man was assaulted in connection to a Covid vaccine scam.
Police have released alarming footage showing a man being assaulted and forced into a car in in Sydney’s west.
A 24-year-old man was captured walking along Rickard Street in Merrylands, 25km west of the city, on September 18 before being set upon just after 4pm.
Footage released on Wednesday showed five men approach and physically assault the man, before shoving him into the back of a nearby white Toyota Hiace.
As it unfolded, a second vehicle – a black Toyota CH-R – approached the scene and was struck by one of the men holding an expandable baton.
The driver then reversed through the street and crashed into a boat before leaving the scene, having caused significant damage to both the vehicle and vessel.
Shortly after, the 24-year-old was driven away in a Hiace containing three men, while two followed in a black Toyota HiLux as they travelled southbound.
The man was taken to a vacant unit on Auburn Road in Auburn, where he was held for several hours.
He was found at about 7pm by a member of the public on Wellington Road in Birrong, about four kilometres away, with a stab wound on his shoulder.
His injury received treatment at Liverpool Hospital and he was later released.
Police, who have yet to detain any suspects in connection to the incident, were convinced the attack was targeted.
“This is an extremely violent and brazen attack that occurred on a suburban Sydney street on a Saturday afternoon,” Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis said.
“We believe this incident is a targeted attack and may relate to a fake vaccination certificate scam and related debts.
“This kind of behaviour has no place in our community and these men must be brought to account. We believe this was a targeted attack and appeal to the public for any information that may assist detectives.”
He added that inquiries suggested the driver of the Toyota C-HR was known to the injured man and police believed him to have information crucial to their investigation.
“Anyone with information about the driver, or the location of the three vehicles which have not yet been recovered, is urged to come forward immediately,” Det Supt Koutsoufis said.
All five men in the footage were described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance.
The driver of the Hiace, with the plates BK59LG, had a medium build and was last seen wearing a black hooded-jumper, red shorts and black running shoes.
The front passenger had a solid build and was wearing a black jumper with a grey hood and red lettering on the sleeve, black track pants and pale-coloured sneakers.
The other passenger had a large build, and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black hooded-jumper, black track pants, black running shoes and was carrying an expandable baton.
The two men in the HiLux, with the plates AMEBLD, were both wearing black baseball caps at the time, as well as black hooded jumpers.
The driver was wearing black track pants and black sneakers, while the passenger had grey track pants and black sneakers with white/red soles.
The driver of the Toyota C-HR was described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance with short hair and a black beard.
He was last seen wearing a white hooded jumper.
Investigations under Strike Force Reckon are continuing.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Reckon detectives were urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.