Man charged with stalking, attempted abduction over Hawthorn attack

A man has been charged after a young woman was allegedly stalked and attacked in Melbourne’s east last week.

The 30-year-old from Kew was arrested in relation to an incident in the early hours of Sunday, November 22, in which a 25-year-old woman was allegedly stalked around the Glenferrie and Burwood roads area in Hawthorn.

The woman told police that just before 1am, she believed she was being followed. She changed her walking route and called a friend to alert them to her situation.

Police say that a man then followed her in a car. CCTV footage shows a man pulling on a black balaclava mask moments before she was grabbed.

The woman elbowed the man in the stomach as he allegedly attempted to choke her and drag her backwards into Henry Street.

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Four people arrested over the alleged abduction, assault and robbery of Adelaide man

Three men and a woman have been arrested after allegedly abducting an Adelaide man, stripping him of his clothing, assaulting and robbing him, and holding him for ransom.

Police allege that at about 8:00pm on Friday the group lured the 21-year-old man to a house at Oaklands Park.

There, according to police, the group assaulted him, stripped him and forced him to transfer money from his bank account.

Police said the group then contacted one of the man’s relatives, threatening to stab him if they did not bring jewellery to the house.

Officers arrived at the Lucknow Street property at about 11:30pm.

Police said they found the alleged victim, who did not require medical treatment.

Two Oaklands Park men, aged 35 and 38, a man from Happy Valley, 24, and a woman from McCracken, 20, were also found at the house, according to police.

A neighbour said the incident was a horrible thing to happen on a usually quiet street.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

The four were arrested and charged with abduction, unlawful detention, aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.

They were refused police bail and they are due to face the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.

Neighbours frightened

Police said the alleged perpetrators and victim were known to each other.

Next door neighbour Matthew Davis said it was usually a quiet street and he was glad police made arrests.

“I don’t like that sort of thing happening in my street.

“It’s horrible. It’s a horrible thing to happen.”

A two-storey brown brick house with an overgrown lawn, a rubbish bin and a red fence.
The house in Lucknow Street where police made arrests.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

Another neighbour, who declined to be named, said the incident was frightening.

“It’s crazy, it’s absolutely crazy you know I can’t believe it,” the neighbour said.

“It’s unbelievably scary. It’s absolutely scary.”

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Woman charged over alleged child abduction in Queensland

A Queensland woman has been charged after two young children were allegedly abducted from a home in Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

Queensland Police issued an amber alert after a seven-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy were allegedly taken by a woman known to them from a home in Redbank Plains, Ipswich just before 4pm.

Police “held serious concerns for the safety of the children”.

“Information led officers to an Alexandra Hills address where the woman and two children were located. The woman was taken into custody without incident,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

The 26-year-old Fortitude Valley woman has been charged with two counts each of child stealing and removing a child from carer.

She has been refused police bail to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 7.

Investigations are continuing.

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