An alleged kidnapper accused of threatening to inject ketamine into a woman he had recently met so he could drive to Yass was refused bail when he appeared before the ACT courts.
Documents tendered to the court outlining the case against Samuel Carrasco allege he drove to Telstra Tower on Black Mountain with a woman on Sunday night (16 May).
The 24-year-old from Tumut allegedly asked the woman for $5000 but didn’t say why he needed it, and told her he wanted to leave the ACT and travel to Yass.
Carrasco allegedly pulled her close to him and held “a weapon” to the side of her neck, police said in the court documents.
“He demanded that she drive him to Yass, NSW, so he could get out of the ACT,” police allege.
They allege the woman said, “get the f–k away from me”, and he released her after about 30 seconds. She then asked him what the alleged weapon was.
“It’s ketamine, my darling; it can put you to sleep for two hours,” he allegedly replied.
“It’s easily injectable. It’ll put you to sleep so I can tie you up, put you in the back of the car and drive myself to Yass.”
Police said the woman, fearing for her life, complied with his alleged demands and drove to Queanbeyan so they were out of the ACT, then on to a dirt car park on the side of Pialligo Road.
There, Carrasco allegedly pretended to be the woman and texted her mother using her phone.
He allegedly told her mother they had been captured by some “serious people” whom he owed money, so they needed cash to pay them back.
“They aren’t going to let me go until something happens,” is one alleged text.
Carrasco is also said to have pretended to be one of his fake creditors: “If you don’t want to come to an arrangement I’m happy to waterbomb the phone and start hitting toes with the hammer I’m happy to do it either way I would really rather my money either way I will be paid junkies want to borrow money and not pay this is what happens”.
Concerned for her daughter’s safety, the woman’s mother contacted police who found the pair parked on the side of Oaks Estate Road early on Monday morning.
Carrasco was charged with kidnapping, blackmail and assault over the incident. He has not entered pleas.
His Legal Aid lawyer applied for bail on his behalf in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (18 May), saying Carrasco had recently secured emergency accommodation in Ainslie Village, which he was likely to lose to someone else if held in custody.
She also said he had been seeking treatment with the youth mental health service headspace and had found that to be “quite useful”.
Magistrate James Lawton said Carrasco was on bail in NSW for a separate alleged offence, and he did not find special or exceptional circumstances had been demonstrated during the request for bail.
He noted the seriousness of the allegations before refusing bail, remanding Carrasco in custody until his next court appearance on 15 June.
Carrasco, a red-haired man wearing a grey Nike hoodie, appeared in the courtroom over an audio-visual link.
After he was refused bail, he asked officers present in his room: “Is that it?”.