Botched carjacking accused hands himself into police after escaping custody

UPDATE 4:55 PM | A TEENAGE boy who escaped custody on the Gold Coast after being charged over his alleged involvement in a botched carjacking has been charged again after handing himself into police.

The 15-year-old was “inadvertently released” from the Southport Watchouse on Saturday morning shortly after a judge ordered that he remain behind bars.

Police said the teen pretended to be another person who’d also been in the watchhouse and was due for release.


“The boy was allowed through a watchhouse door and into an internal walkway leading to Scarborough Street when police realised he was not who he claimed to be,” police said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

“Police told the boy to stop but he allegedly jumped over a second locked gate at the end of the walkway and fled from the watchhouse on foot.”

The 15-year-old handed himself into police at Southport Police Station just before midday on Sunday.

Accompanied by his lawyer, the boy was charged with one count each of escape lawful custody and stealing.

He will be dealt with under the provision of the Youth Justice Act.

Police are reviewing the circumstances surrounding how the boy came to be released.

SUNDAY 12:01 PM | A TEENAGER who escaped police custody on the Gold Coast yesterday has been found.

The 15-year-old boy is charged over his alleged involvement in a violent carjacking which left his female friend, also 15, in an induced coma.

Shortly after appearing in court on Saturday morning where he was ordered to remain behind bars, the teen was “inadvertently released” after allegedly switching places with a cell mate who was being let out on bail.

It took police at the Southport Watchhouse 30 seconds to realise they’d released the wrong person. They gave chase but the teen jumped the security fence and took off on foot along Scarborough Street.

After a 24 hour-long manhunt, the 15-year-old surrendered to officers at the Southport Police Station shortly before midday on Sunday.

“A 15-year-old who was inadvertently released from custody yesterday has self-presented to the Southport Watch House with his lawyer,” police said.

It’s the second time police have had to hunt down the teen.

It first took officers more than 12 hours to find him after he’d fled the scene of the initial carjacking attempt at Helensvale on Thursday night.

The 15-year-old was eventually arrested and charged late on Friday afternoon.

He was remanded in custody for the night to appear in court on Saturday morning, after which he managed to give officers the slip again despite being refused bail.

SATURDAY | A TEENAGE boy arrested over a violent attempted carjacking on the Gold Coast is back on the run from police after he was accidentally released from his holding cell, moments after being refused bail.

The teen is accused of trying to steal a woman’s car after she gave him and his female friend, also 15, a lift from Harbour Town Shopping Centre to Helensvale on Thursday night.

Police say the girl pulled a knife on the woman after the pair got out of the car on Mullewa Crescent just after 7.30pm and demanded that she get out of the vehicle.

The girl, who had her arm through the driver’s window, was flung from the vehicle as the driver accelerated. She struck her head on the footpath suffering serious head injuries.

The boy fled the scene, leaving his critically injured friend unconscious on the road. She was rushed by ambulance to the Gold Coast University Hospital where she remains in an induced coma.

Police arrested the 15-year-old boy on Friday afternoon and charged him with one count of unlawful entry of a vehicle while threatening violence under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

Moments after being refused bail in Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday morning, the teen was accidentally released from his holding cell at the Southport Watchhouse.

South Eastern Regional Duty Officer, Senior Sergeant Brett McGibbon said the teenager appeared to have switched places with a juvenile offender who was due to be released.

“Two boys were in a cell at the Southport Watchhouse, one due for release, the other to be remanded in custody,” police said in a statement.

“When police called out the name of the boy to be released, the other boy stepped forward and was mistakenly let to leave.”

The boy should have been remanded in custody until his next appearance on May 10.

Senior Sergeant McGibbon said officers realised the mistake 30 seconds after the teen was let out of the building and gave chase but the boy jumped the watchhouse fence and fled on foot north along Scarborough Street.

He was last seen in the vicinity of Nind and Johnston Streets. Police saturated the suburb in the hunt for the boy but so far he has not been found. A coordinated search is now underway.

The 15-year-old is described as Caucasian in appearance, of a slim build, around 176 centimetres tall with light brown hair and blue eyes.

He was wearing long black trousers and a dark blue shirt.

Anyone who may have seen the boy is urged to contact police on 131 444.

The embarrassing bungle is now the subject of an internal investigation.