A brave bystander is being hailed a hero for saving a man during what could have been a carjacking in Melbourne’s southeast.
The man was in a shopping centre car park when two men attacked him and tried to steal his Mercedes in broad daylight.
But another man came to the rescue, after the victim’s keys and wallet were stolen, and prevented the pair from getting away in the car.
A witness said the victim was “really bloody all over” the face and needed help from paramedics and security.
The 27-year-old Dandenong man was taken to hospital in a stable condition with facial injuries.
While the man who stopped the carjacking was reluctant to speak with Seven News and Victoria Police said his actions were admirable.
“The actions of the person who came forward are quite commendable because he’s only a small chap,” detective senior constable Ian Campbell said.
“These people were engaged in a violent attack at the time and he’s been very brave in dragging him out of the victim’s vehicle.”
The man’s two attackers fled in a silver SUV.
Police said the CCTV footage of the incident will be used as part of their investigation.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by clicking here.