Police are on the hunt for a carjacker who pulled a gun on a man while taking a Mercedes for a test drive in Sydney.
The luxury car was listed for private sale online, and now the victim is warning other sellers to beware.
It started out like an everyday transaction.
A potential car buyer is captured on security video arriving to meet a man about a luxury Mercedes Benz.
They leave together for a test drive, but the car and the bogus buyer have not been seen since.
“It was scary because I didn’t realise what was going on until he pulled the gun,” carjack victim Nash Brown said.
A handgun was pressed to his ribs before he was booted out of the car at an intersection at Connells Point.
“I got to the first house, knocked on the door, they opened the door but there was no help,” Mr Brown said.
He had agreed to show the $120,000 Mercedes to a man who contacted his brother-in-law Raj through the Carsales website.
“Really it’s such an invasion, I mean really my wife’s really shaken by the whole thing,” Raj said.
“You know, to have somebody come to the house and now that they know where we live.”
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The pricey high performance car had distinctive number plates, 11 SUMO, but the hooded carjacker could have removed them by now.
Mr Brown has described the attacker as being of Islander appearance and late 20s to early 30s with a “stocky build.”
He said he doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else and is urging car owners to be careful when dealing with potential buyers.
Police have echoed his warning, urging sellers to request proof of identity, and take a photo of it, before taking a test drive.
“If something doesn’t feel right, involve someone else in the process or just walk away,” NSW Police Superintendent Julian Griffith said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page