Hitch hiker turns on driver in knife-point abduction

IN WHAT sounds like something straight from the pages of a horror film script, a man was held at knife-point in remote bushland near Tabulam after picking up a hitch hiker last Sunday.

According to Inspector Doug Conners from Casino Police, the alleged attack happened in the evening.

The driver was a French national visiting the Northern Rivers. He picked up a male hitch hiker on the Bruxner Highway between Casino and Tabulam.

At Tabulam, the hitch hiker instructed him to turn down a dirt road and then asked him to stop at a remote property to let him out. At that point the hitch hiker produced a knife.

A media report said the hitch hiker used the driver's fabric necklace to tie his hands together and then forced him back into the van.

The hitch hiker drove back to the highway and then took a turn on to another dirt road. He stopped in remote bushland and forced his victim to walk into the bush.

Fearing for his life, the victim "over shoulder charged" the offender, knocking him to the ground. He was then able to get back to his van and flee the scene.

The French man drove to Lismore Police Station where his van was impounded for forensic evidence.

Inspector Conners said the attacker is described as a Caucasian male with grey hair and a grey beard, a slight tan and muscular build. He is about 185cm tall with numerous tattoos.

He said there had been nothing back from the forensics team as yet.

"We rely heavily on forensics in a case like this (where there are no other witnesses), so we'll have to wait to see what comes up," Insp Conners said.

He then went on to caution people on the dangers of picking up hitch hikers."

If anyone has information contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or detectives at Casino Police on 6662 0099.



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