Investigation into alleged carjacking bid

POLICE are waiting on forensic evidence from an alleged attempted carjacking of a woman east of Nowra on Sunday morning.

Police said a 45-year-old woman was driving a Toyota Rav4 north along Coonemia Road around 8am when she saw five males standing on the side of the road.

The woman told police one of the men threw an object at her car.

The woman stopped and spoke to the group, when one of them allegedly threatened her with a knife and demanded she get out of the vehicle.

She refused, drove off and called police.

Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command attended and conducted a search of the area, finding five males in nearby bushland.

They were spoken to and their details obtained before being allowed to leave.

Police said investigations into the incident were continuing.

Shoalhaven Police Inspector John Behrendt said it was the first time he’d encountered an alleged attempted carjacking during his eight years in the region.

“You get several in Sydney but it’s unusual for them to happen in a country area,” Insp Behrendt said.

He said the incident served as a reminder for all motorists to be careful.

“Always take precautions – don’t stop unless you’re sure you feel the reasons you’re being asked to pull over are legitimate,” he said.

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