Police are seeking information from the public after a kidnapping and stabbing was carried out in broad daylight, in the streets of Sydney, possibly in relation to a fake vaccination certificate scam.
NSW Police have now released footage of the September 18 incident, which was described as "extremely violent and brazen".
At around 4pm on the 18th, they say a 24-year-old man was walking along Rickard Street in Merrylands when he was approached by five men.
The 24-year-old man was physically assaulted and then forced into the back of a white Toyota Hiace, which was parked nearby.
A driver in a black Toyota CH-R then entered Rickard Street and was struck by one of the men who was holding an expandable baton.
The CH-R reversed through the street and crashed into a boat, damaging both the boat and the vehicle, before leaving the scene.
Two men then followed the CH-R in a black Toyota Hilux.
The white Hiace then left the scene and headed southbound, the 24-year-old man was taken to a vacant unit on Auburn Road and was detained for several hours.
A member of the public found the 24-year-old at 7pm on the same day on Wellington Road in Birrong, he had a stab wound to the shoulder.
The man was taken to Liverpool Hospital for his injuries and has since been released.
"We believe this incident is a targeted attack and may relate to a fake vaccination certificate scam and related debts," Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis said.
"This is a brazen brutal attack in a suburban street in broad daylight, this type of behaviour will not be tolerated."
Appeal to the public as investigation continues
Police have released the dramatic footage of the kidnapping in an appeal to the public for information to assist the investigation led by State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, under Strike Force Reckon.
Det Supt Andrew Koutsoufis said at a press conference on Wednesday, the five men involved in the incident are described as being of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean appearance.
Of the three men in the Hiace, the driver was of medium build and was last seen wearing a hooded-jumper, red shorts and black running shoes.
The passenger in the Hiace was of solid build, seen wearing a black jumper with a grey hood and red lettering on the sleeve, black track pants and pale-coloured joggers.
The third man in the Hiace was wearing a black baseball cap, black hooded-jumper, black track pants, black running shoes and carrying an expandable baton and is of large build.
The driver of the Hilux seen taking off from Rickard Street was wearing a black baseball cap, black hooded-jumper, black track pants and black joggers.
The passenger was wearing a black baseball cap, black hooded-jumper, grey track pants and black joggers with white and red soles.
Det Supt Andrew Koutsoufis told media on Wednesday police believe the driver of the CH-R may be an associate of the victim.
"We'd like him to come forward and talk to us just to confirm his involvement in the matter and help us with our investigation," he said.
The white Toyota Hiace has NSW registration plates BK59LG and a black Toyota Hilux has NSW registration plates AMEBLD.
While the the black Toyota C-HR has the NSW registration plates EBJ43A. None of the three vehicles have been recovered.
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