Swarms of police officers were filmed tackling three teenagers to the ground during a dramatic arrest on Saturday at an intersection in Sydney’s west.
The incident was captured on TikTok by a woman who was sitting in her car watching the altercation unfold.
NSW Police allege the trio of teens led officers on a three-hour pursuit across the city after a series of carjackings.
Two of the boys began their rampage around 12.45pm on Saturday when they forced a woman out of her Toyota Corolla in Abbotsford, police say.
One of them was armed with a machete, the woman told officers.
Police pursued the car but abandoned the chase when it became too dangerous.
Roughly 15 minutes later, police were told a woman and child had been forced from a black BMW SUV by several men about 20kms away in Guildford West.
The family also claimed they were armed with a machete.
Police trailed the SUV for more than three hours as it drove west to the Blue Mountains, then doubled back to the Fairfield and Liverpool areas.
Several public safety alerts were issued on social media as the police chopper monitored the car.
The BMW continued to Homebush in Sydney's inner west, before crashing into another vehicle in Guildford. The man and his two kids in that car are uninjured, police say.
Police arrested three teens and they appeared in children’s court on Sunday.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to rob in company, two counts of take and drive conveyance without consent of owner and predatory driving.
A second 16-year-old male was charged with two counts of robbery in company and two counts of be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.
A 17-year-old male was charged with assault with intent to rob armed with offensive weapon, two counts of be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner and robbery armed with offensive weapon.
Footage shows tense scenes
The female driver who posted the footage on TikTok said she was headed home from work when the arrest “happened right in front” of her.
Officers can be seen running from across the street to help wrangle the three men to the ground.
At one point well over a dozen officers are filmed standing over the trio.
The witness was quick to point out that not one police officer at the scene appeared to be wearing a face mask, despite the Sydney’s ongoing Covid lockdown.
Health authorities have repeatedly expressed their concerns for the rapid transmission of the Delta variant in Sydney’s west, with the outbreak recording 112 new infections on Monday.
More than 100 extra police officers were deployed to the area last week to deter people from breaching lockdown restrictions.
However, the decision received heavy backlash by residents who claim the response in the southwest is stronger than what has been seen in the eastern suburbs.
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