LATROBE Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested two hitchhikers following an aggravated carjacking in Maryvale on Thursday night.
The victim, a 45-year-old Sale man driving from Sale to Melbourne, picked up the two hitchhikers near a fast-food outlet in Traralgon just before 6pm.
While travelling on Tanjil East Rd, one of the offenders allegedly produced a firearm and threatened the victim, telling him to pull over and get into the back seat.
The victim was eventually dropped off near a pine plantation, but alleges his phone was also stolen by the offenders, and he was unable to notify police for several hours.
The victim’s car, a white Holden Commodore, was later found dumped in Moe and the two offenders, a 16-year-old Morwell boy and a 19-year-old Maffra man were arrested shortly after.
The 19-year-old Maffra man has been charged with aggravated carjacking and is expected to appear at the Latrobe Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The 16-year-old Morwell boy has also been charged with aggravated carjacking and is expected to appear at a children’s court at a later date.