Ten people, the youngest aged just 16, have been charged over a violent home invasion and abduction of a man in Sydney’s southwest yesterday.
The 37-year-old victim was forced into a car by a group of men, one who was armed with a gun, after they forced their way into his Bringelly home around 3am on Tuesday.
The man’s 61-year-old father, who was also home at the time, was assaulted by the group before they fled the scene with the younger man.
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The victim’s father then alerted police to the terrifying incident, which led officers to an industrial warehouse at Revesby where they say the victim was held hostage for six hours.
Tactical police swarmed the warehouse and negotiated with the alleged kidnappers before the man was finally released.
The building was also allegedly set alight, with fire crews called to the scene to extinguish the blaze.
The victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his head and face.
Eight men, aged between 16 and 37, were taken into custody at the scene, while a further three men aged 30, 28 and 27, were arrested after arriving at the warehouse in a car during the operation.
Seven men and the 16-year-old boy were charged with take/detain in company with intent to ransom occasion actual bodily harm, special aggravated break and enter with intent – armed with dangerous weapon, tamper with evidence with intent to mislead judicial tribunal, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.
While the three other men were charged with principal in the second degree to take/detain in company with intent to ransom occasion actual bodily harm, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.
A 37-year-old man remains in hospital under police guard with charges expected to be laid against him later today.
Inquiries into the incident are continuing, however it’s understood the alleged abduction was targeted and may be related to organised crime and bikie links.