Police are seeking help from the public to identify the four men who allegedly kidnapped a 17-year-old boy in Somerton Park, Adelaide’s beachside suburb, on Thursday night.
- A 17-year-old boy was hit by a car while walking along the Esplanade at Summerton Park.
- Police released digital images of one of the suspects
- If you have any information please contact the police
Police said the teenage man was walking along the Esplanade near Yarram Grove when a white sedan carrying four men pulled up beside him at 10 p.m.
A teenager who was walking home after hanging out with friends in nearby Glenelg was repeatedly asked if he wanted an elevator and declined several times.
Two men then got out of the back of the vehicle and “forced” the teenager into the back seat.
The car then drove for about two minutes before getting stuck in traffic at a roundabout at the corner of Partridge and Pier Streets in nearby Glenelg.
The boy jumped out of the car and drove home before calling police.
None of the men spoke to the boy while he was in the car.
“The motive for this incident is currently unknown,” Lieutenant Kieran Baggory said.
A composite image of one of the suspects has been released.
The boy described one of the men as being in his late 30s to early 40s, 190 centimeters tall with a stocky build and a dark but greyish beard.
The man was wearing a dark gray hoodie.
The other was in his 30s, muscular, about 180cm tall, wearing an orange T-shirt and white beanie.
All four men were described as white.
Inspector Baggowrie urged witnesses to come forward, including dash cams or CCTV from areas that would have been busy with beach visitors on Australia Day.
“We are treating this as a genuine kidnapping and will continue to investigate as such,” he said.
The boy was not injured and no weapon was involved in the abduction.