Melbourne: Youths pistol-whip woman, steal her car

Melbourne: Youths pistol-whip woman, steal her car. By Richard Ferguson.

Police say a four-wheel-drive hit the car that Kay, 57, was driving in Narre Warren South on Thursday night, before two men got out and one hit her in the mouth with the butt of a gun.

Victim Kay, a disability worker, told Ten Eyewitness News she thought she was going to die. …

The assault on Kay comes as the state’s African youth crisis reaches boiling point, with the state government proposing new anti-gang laws following a series of wild parties, bashings, robberies and the murder of 19-year-old Laa Chol in the past two months.

Detective Sergeant Dean Higgins said on Friday the woman got out of her car thinking she was just going to check damage and ­exchange details.

She was then confronted with “two young men of African ­appearance”, one with a firearm, and struck in the mouth when she didn’t comply with handing over her keys.

“The male has then drawn up the firearm demanding the keys,” Sergeant Higgins said. …

Police were investigating whether more people were involved in the carjacking, he said.

Sergeant Higgins said it was an “opportunistic crime” in which the ­offenders possibly lay waiting for a vehicle to go through the roundabout to hit down the street.

hat-tip Stephen Neil