Men attacked with samurai sword after picking up hitchhiker

A GOOD Samaritan has been attacked by a stranger armed with a samurai sword in Townsville.

Police said the 39-year-old man was in a car with two other men outside a fast food store at Aitkenvale about 2am on Friday when an unknown man asked for a lift.

As the men were travelling through West End, however, it’s alleged the hitchhiker pulled out a samurai sword and stole money from an 18-year-old passenger.


Police said the 39-year-old man was assaulted with the sword as he and his mates tried pushing the stranger out of their car.

They eventually forced the man out on Henry Street and drove to a safe spot before calling Triple Zero.

The 39-year-old man was taken to the Townsville Hospital where he was treated before being released.

Police are still searching for his attacker, described as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in appearance and about 170cm tall with a proportionate build, brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone who was in the area of Henry Street at the time, or who may have dash cam vision is urged to come forward and call Policelink on 131 444.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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