Security footage after ordeal29/04/2019 - Author: admin - Comments are closed
DETECTIVES investigating the apparent abduction of a man at gunpoint believe a man caught on security cameras at two Hunter railway stations could help them in their hunt for the suspect.
Closed circuit television footage at Beresfield and Hamilton stations within hours of the abduction show a man getting onto a Newcastle-bound service at Beresfield before alighting at Hamilton.
Central Hunter detectives said the man in the stills was only wanted for questioning as they continued the hunt for the person who ordered a salesman into the boot of his car after forcing him to drive from Thornton to the outskirts of Woodberry on Monday.
Mystery still surrounds the motives of the gunman who, after getting the 22-year-old victim to drive him to a dirt road at Millers Forest, forced the man into the boot with his mobile phone and fled on foot.
The victim, who told police he was first threatened as he walked to his car in Huntington Drive in the Thornton Industrial Estate, was able to ring police from the boot of his white Holden Commodore sedan.
The operators then directed him to pull an emergency release switch on the back of a seat and crawl to safety.
He was found uninjured and trying to flag down passing motorists.
The abduction caused a major search through scrubland surrounding Raymond Terrace Road on Monday afternoon.
Crime scene experts have scoured the Commodore for clues and possible fingerprint and DNA profiles before sending samples to Sydney for further forensic analysis.
Information should be forwarded to Central Hunter police on 4934 0200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
QUESTIONS: Police believe this man may be able to help them in their investigation.