Suspect flags down journalist, confesses on camera, hijacks his car

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Thursday 06 November 2014 14:00
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An armed, leather-clad motorcyclist with blood on his hands flagged down a news truck and tearfully told the journalist inside "I've done an extremely bad thing" before hijacking the vehicle at gunpoint and crashing it into a gas tank at a petrol station, Australia's News 7 reports.

Cameraman Peter Steer had been travelling to the scene of an assault in nearby Noosa Heads, where a woman had been taken to hospital with neck and head injuries, when the man flagged him down.

"A chap on a Harley sort of pulled me over, I thought there might have been something wrong with my car. He got off his bike and approached me and said ‘I’ve got a story for you’.

"I said ‘Well mate, you better hurry because I’m going to a shooting’, and he said ‘Mate, I’m the shooter'."

Steer said he gave him his gun, which was said to have been a replica, which he put in the front seat of his truck.

"I got out of the car and phoned police. We were talking. He wanted to tell his story on camera which I was doing. He seemed agitated and quite upset about what had happened before," he added.

The man, whose name has not yet been released by the media, then jumped into the car and drove off with the boot open, before crashing into a gas tank.

He has since been charged with with one count each of attempted murder, armed robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a weapon and two counts of willful damage.

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