Mums, we’d be lost without our friends. If you’ve ever wondered how fiercely your friends would protect your offspring, you need to hear how a heroic friend tried to stop a carjacking that had a baby girl in it.
The scene happened yesterday when the baby girl’s mother and her friend were standing outside of a Mercedes car, waiting for their children to finish school on Ross Street, Coburg at 3pm.
Senior Constable Virginia Creece from Victoria Police said, “A male and a female approached the car of the victim, the male got in the car and drove off straightaway.
“The friend of the victim actually got on the bonnet of the car and attempted to stop the male from leaving.
“I think she was on the car for about 400 metres before she fell off the car.
“She stated that during this time she was screaming at the male who was driving away and trying to get him to stop but he refused to stop and kept going.”
The car was later dumped in Haig Avenue, Brunswick, 45 minutes later. The male then told a passerby there was a girl in the back seat.
“When the male left, he told this witness that he had a baby in the car and he didn’t know what to do with it,” Senior Constable Creece said.
The carjacking involved a man and a woman who arrived in a silver Camry. The woman drove away as soon as the carjacking took place.
The male jumped into the Mercedes when the keys were inside the car and he instantly locked the doors and drove over the mother’s foot to get away.
The mother was hysterical about the situation, but her quick-thinking friend didn’t hesitate about launching herself onto the bonnet of the car to stop the carjacking.
“It was quick action … but also a dangerous act on [the friend’s] part but I understand her distress that she needed to get into the car,” Senior Constable Creece said.
Police believe it was a random act as the man dumped the car when he realized there was a baby in the back. They are still searching for the offender who is described as of European appearance with dark wavy hair and wore a light coloured top and dark pants at the time of the carjacking.
Senior Constable Creece said the baby was ‘not even phased by the whole thing.’
Miraculously, the mother’s friend was not seriously injured.