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Police: Suspect arrested in attempted carjack of Australian family at Sogeri

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Police have made progress into the arrest of a suspect into the Sogeri attempt hold up over the weekend. Read the full police statement below:

One suspect has been arrested and police are expected to make four more arrests in the attempted carjack of an Australian family last Saturday in Sogeri, Central Province.

The Steljic family were travelling down the Sogeri Highway after a visit to the Variarata National Park on Saturday 21st of October 2017 between 5 – 5:30 pm when the attempted carjack occurred.

The Steijic family consisting of Roxy Steljic and Vled Steljic, both Administration workers at the Pacific Adventist University were in the vehicle with Vled Steljic’s father when the incident occurred.

As the family were returning from the Variarata National Park they noticed a vehicle tailing them, it overtook them then stopped in front and blocked off the road. All doors opened and five men rushed towards the vehicle with factory made guns.

Vled Steljic reacted swiftly and reversed the vehicle and his family to safety, narrowly escaping from the criminals. The ordeal was captured on their vehicle’s dash board camera.

The family reported the incident to the Sogeri Police Station, and the Station Commander has since lodged an investigation. Footage of the attempted car jack was given to police, and from the footage, police have identified one of the suspect who was arrested.

Central Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Laimo Asi said the suspect is a known criminal living at Rouna with a record of similar activities along the Central Highway and Port Moresby.

“Investigations are underway, and we expect more arrests to be made,” Chief Inspector Laimo said.


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