Teens arrested over terrifying gunpoint abduction of Gold Coast nurse

TWO teenagers allegedly involved in yesterday’s terrifying gunpoint abduction of a nurse on the Gold Coast have been arrested in an early morning raid at Southport.

Police say detectives arrested the two 18-year-old men at a home on Como Crescent after executing a number of search warrants on Saturday morning.

The pair remains in police custody, assisting detectives with their investigation. No charges have yet been laid.


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A 16-year-old boy was also found at the Southport address and spoken to by police before being released, while a second 16-year-old remains under police guard in hospital after being arrested at Ashmore yesterday.

The group is accused of abducting 25-year-old male nurse Joe Brooker at gunpoint in the car park of the Pindara Private Hospital in Benowa during the early hours of Friday morning.

The graduate nurse was on a break from his night shift and had walked out to his car to grab a drink when he was bailed up, bashed and slashed before being shoved into the boot of his car.

He was then allegedly driven to an ATM where he was forced to withdraw $500 before again being stuffed into the boot of his car and driven away.

A short time later, Mr Brooker’s abductors allegedly jumped out of the car and let it roll down a hill while he was still trapped in the boot before carjacking another vehicle and fleeing the scene.

The group then crashed their getaway car in Ashmore.

Terrified, covered in blood and shaking in shock, the 25-year-old nurse was lucky to have escaped with his life.

He was treated for his injuries in hospital before being released several hours after the terrifying ordeal.

Frighteningly, police say the attack appeared to be random, with no links between the victim and his abductors.

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

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 crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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