A MOTHER has been attacked, bashed and carjacked in front of her three young children after being bailed up by a stranger outside the family home in Far North Queensland.
The terrifying scenes played out in the driveway of the family’s Cranbrook home in Townsville last night.
Police said the 45-year-old woman was set upon as she pulled up to the front gate of her Fitzroy Street home with her three children in the car around 8.20pm.
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As one of the children got out of the car to open the gate, it’s understood a man walked up to the driver’s side, opened the door and demanded the woman get out.
Terrified and fearing for the safety of her two children still in the car, the woman refused to get out.
Police said that’s when the man allegedly forced himself into the driver’s seat and attempted to reverse the family’s Mitsubishi ASX away from the house while sitting on top of the woman.
But the mother-of-three put up a fight and fought with the man for a short time, allowing her children to escape.
Police said the man then allegedly threw the woman out of the moving car and drove off.
The vehicle was later found abandoned at the intersection of Black River Road and the Bruce Highway.
The woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries. None of the children were physically injured as a result of the incident.
Police are still searching for the man, who is described as being Caucasian and approximately 180cm tall with scruffy blonde hair and a scruffy full face beard.
He was reportedly wearing a yellow high-vis shirt at the time of the attack.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.
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.