4 March 2024

Did you hear a woman calling for help from a car? Police want to speak with you

| Claire Fenwicke
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It’s believed a woman called for help while she was being driven around the Gungahlin area in this white Tesla. Photo: ACT Policing.

ACT Policing has asked for witnesses to come forward as they investigate an alleged family violence incident that is believed to have taken place throughout the Gungahlin area.

Last Thursday (29 February) at about 5 pm, a woman walked from a Franklin home towards the nearby Nullarbor Avenue light rail stop.

A man driving a white Tesla bearing ACT registration YQC69P is alleged to have arrived at the stop a short time later, asking the woman to get in the vehicle.

Once she got into the car, it’s believed the man drove off with the passenger door still open.

Police allege the woman was subsequently confined in the car and assaulted multiple times by the driver as the car was driven around the Gungahlin region.

It’s understood the woman called out to other road users for help during this time.

At one point the vehicle stopped on the side of the road near Haydon Drive, Bruce, where the pair got out of the car. However, they both then got back in a few minutes later and continued driving around the Gungahlin region.

The woman was eventually able to leave the man’s home at about 7:30 pm that evening. She went to a friend’s house and called police.

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Police arrested the alleged offender as they were conducting a mobile patrol in Gungahlin on Friday morning, 1 March.

He was charged with forcible confinement, choke, suffocate, or strangle another person, and recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who had seen the Tesla being driven in Gungahlin or Belconnen on Thursday, 29 February.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference 7687406. Information can be provided anonymously.

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