Taylors Lake teens charged over assault and carjackings

Benjamin Millar

Police have charged an 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl over two alleged carjackings and an alleged serious assault in Taylors Lakes on Thursday night.

Investigators have been told two males and two females flagged down the first car on the Nepean Hwy in St Kilda around 9.40pm.

The female driver of the vehicle agreed to give the offenders a lift, but once they were inside the vehicle, one of the females allegedly took the victim’s mobile phone and refused give it back.

The two males exited the vehicle at a bus stop in Taylors Lakes, while the two females directed the driver to a laneway off Bellbird Avenue.

When the vehicle came to a stop, one of the females allegedly pulled the driver out of the vehicle and onto the ground, before punching her in the face.

Unable to operate the vehicle, the pair allegedly flagged over another car, threatening the driver.

They allegedly drove the car a short distance before crashing it into a median strip, then fled the scene on foot.

Police arrested the pair nearby a short time later.

The female driver of the first vehicle, a 22-year-old from Caulfield, suffered serious facial injuries, while the male driver of the second vehicle, a 20-year-old from Taylors Lakes, escaped injury.

An 18-year-old woman from Truganina has been charged with aggravated carjacking and threats to inflict serious injury and remanded to appear in court at a later date.

A 16-year-old girl from Taylors Lakes has been charged with aggravated carjacking, intentionally cause serious injury, theft and theft of motor vehicle and remanded to appear in a children’s court at a later date.

Police are still searching for the two male offenders.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.