It took just 24 hours for police to find and charge two men in the incident involving a violent carjacking of a black BMW in St Lucia last Thursday, 18th May. Police also recovered the vehicle in Indooroopilly.

Damaged vehicle of suspects who assaulted a man and stole his BMW. Photo taken from footage at the site during police investigation.

Damaged vehicle of suspects who assaulted a man and stole his BMW.
Photo taken from footage at the site during police investigation.

The suspects, Kody Laurence Shang and Robert Jeffrey Taylor, were charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, armed robbery and other offences before the Magistrate Court on Friday, 19th May. They did not post bail. They were remanded to custody and will return to Court for hearings in June.

 

The Victim’s Account

The victim, Han Sangil, a 25-year-old University of Queensland student, recounted to the police how he chased the car into Saint Lucia and blocked it from fleeing. He said that the suspects, trapped in a one-way street tried to get out resulting in crashing into Mr Han’s car before hitting a tree.

The suspects got out of the car armed with metal sticks and tried to hit Mr Han with it. One of the suspects got into the passenger seat of Mr Han’s car and hit the student in the shoulder with the metal stick. The suspects took off with Mr. Han’s car.

Mr Han said he regrets chasing after the suspects. He said he wasn’t scared at first, but when he saw the the tomahawk in the men’s car after they had driven off in his vehicle, that’s when he felt fear. He also advised people not to give chase, when faced with similar circumstances.

Police Inspector Steve Flori agrees. He had the same message to the public, when he spoke to reporters. “These two men are violent criminals and this particular victim has taken it upon himself to accost them. I advise people not to do that,” he said.

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