July 19, 2024

A Victorian woman has been left terrified after an alleged carjacking in Melbourne’s north-west earlier this month.

Natalie Carrafa, 41, was approached by a male and allegedly threatened with an imitation firearm in Taylors Lakes on June 15, according to police.

“He said give me the keys to your car or I’ll shoot you,” Carrafa claimed.

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Carrafa claimed she was initially approached by a teenager in Watergardens shopping centre car park, who she says asked her for a cigarette.

“I went to hand him a cigarette and he was about three feet away from me, not making a scene, and he just opened up his jacket and took out a gun and said ‘give me the keys to your car, now’,” she claimed.

Shocked and unsure if the gun was real, she complied.

Police allege the male then drove away in her car, a Mercedes.

“Being around a crowd is a little bit scary now for me,” Carrafa said.

Police said the next day a 51-year-old woman in Keilor East was also confronted by an armed male while sitting in her Porsche, who demanded she get out of the vehicle.

The 51-year-old’s car was later located unoccupied in Coburg.

On June 17, police located a 17-year-old boy sleeping in the allegedly stolen car in Coburg.

Police seized an imitation firearm from the car.

The 17-year-old was charged with two counts of aggravated carjacking with a firearm and obtaining property by deception.

He was bailed to appear before a court at a later date.

Two other teenagers were arrested over the alleged carjackings and are expected to be charged on summons.

Tomorrow police will relaunch Operation Cavalcade, targeting hotspots for serious crime, shopping centres, parks and train stations, across Melbourne’s western suburbs.

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