Woman trying to help stranger gets carjacked at gunpoint


A young midwifery student has been carjacked while trying to help a stranger in a terrifying daylight attack.

Mahdesa Zafar, 22, had just finished her practical placement at Logan Hospital, south of Brisbane, about 3pm on Monday and was about to get into her vehicle when a man appeared at the door.

Ms Zafar, who left Afghanistan to be safe in Australia, did not know what he wanted so she tried to help him by offering the stranger a lift or to use her phone to call a taxi.

“I came from a war zone country for safety, I was not expecting this to happen,” she said.

Mahdesa Zafar left Afghanistan to be safe in Australia, but on Monday she was carjacked at gunpoint. Source: 7 News
Mahdesa Zafar left Afghanistan to be safe in Australia, but on Monday she was carjacked at gunpoint. Source: 7 News

“My intention was to help him.”

But as she passed him her phone, the man allegedly pulled a gun from his backpack, held it close to her, and demanded her keys and phone.

“I just sat down on the seat and he pointed [the gun] in my face, saying, ‘Give me the keys, give me your phone’,” Ms Zafar said.

“I said no and he pointed the gun and said, ‘Give me your keys’.”

The alleged carjacking happened in a carpark next to Logan Hospital in Queensland. Source: 7 News
The alleged carjacking happened in a carpark next to Logan Hospital in Queensland. Source: 7 News
Mahdesa Zafar shows how the man pointed a gun at her head. Source: 7 News
Mahdesa Zafar shows how the man pointed a gun at her head. Source: 7 News

This time Ms Zafar did and then ran.

“I just wanted to save my life, so I threw him the keys,” she said.

The man sped off in her Subaru and the car still had not been found.

The student said she no longer felt safe parking at the carpark and planned to have counselling to help her deal with the traumatic experience.

The man took off in a Subaru similar to this one. Source: 7 News
The man took off in a Subaru similar to this one. Source: 7 News

The carpark is on nearby council land, not on the hospital’s campus.

But in a statement Logan Hospital said it encouraged people to have “heightened awareness for safety when travelling to and from shift”.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson told Yahoo7 they were still looking for the suspect.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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