FOUR kidnapped children have been reunited with their distraught mother after being subjected to a terrifying and prolonged domestic violence incident south of Brisbane.
Police said the children were staying with their mother at their home in Logan when the woman’s former partner, a 29-year-old man turned up on Saturday morning and began strangling her.
The man then allegedly bundled the woman and four kids into his car and drove around for several hours, holding them hostage, before returning to the house in the early evening.
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Police said the man, woman and four children went inside the home for a short period before the man kidnapped the kids and drove off, leaving the woman behind.
As the man was driving away, police said officers arrived in the street and tried to intercept him but the man rammed the police vehicle and sped off with the kids in the car.
The police helicopter was called in to track the vehicle from the air and relay its movements to crews on the ground.
Officers tried stopping the man a second time at a petrol station in Daisy Hill about 8.15pm, but it’s alleged he again rammed the patrol car before jumping out of his while it was still moving and fleeing on foot.
Police said the man abandoned the children in the car while it was still in motion and ran to Atlantic Drive in Loganholme where he allegedly tried carjacking a 48-year-old man shortly before 9pm.
Officers swooped on the street and arrested the man following a ‘violent struggle’.
Fortunately, the children were not physically harmed during the terrifying incident.
They were rescued by police at the Daisy Hill petrol station and later returned to their distraught mother.
The 29-year-old man has been charged with 16 offences, including five counts of kidnapping and two counts of common assault – all domestic violence related.
He was also charged with one count of strangulation (domestic violence) and two counts of contravening a domestic violence order, as well a number of other offences.
The man has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday.
His relationship to the children has not been revealed.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast