Redcliffe woman held hostage at gunpoint
in Upper Coomera before escaping ex-bikies
Robyn Wuth & Michael Saunders Gold Coast
July 10, 201412:28AM
ARMED SUPPORT: The SWAT team arrive
at an Upper Coomera police lockdown yesterday.
Picture: Mike Batterham
A TERRIFIED woman was snatched from
Redcliffe and held hostage at gunpoint in an Upper Coomera
home by former bikie gang members over a drug debt.
The gang of four stand-over men linked to the
Bandidos, savagely assaulted the woman’s partner before
snatching his girlfriend as collateral until the debt is paid.
The woman was driven to the Gold Coast during
the night and held captive in the Ridgemont St home for 12 hours
before staging a desperate escape yesterday afternoon. She ran
to a nearby childcare centre where she raised the alarm.
Police swarmed the Upper Coomera home,
arresting four men at the scene and seizing replica firearms,
ballistic body armour and helmets.
Officers surrounded the home for another four
hours and shut down the quiet Upper Coomera suburb amid fears a
fifth man was hiding in the roof with a shotgun.
A 250m exclusion zone was applied about 2.30pm
as police called in the Special Emergency Response Team and
police negotiators tried to establish contact with the man.
UNDER WATCH: Police and armed members
of the SWAT team surround an Upper Coomera home
yesterday. Picture: Mike Batterham
While the shotgun is still unaccounted for,
the operation was called off about 6pm when police ruled out a
fifth person being inside the house.
The woman showed signs of suffering trauma
from the kidnapping and was last night being interviewed by
police about her experience.
Police sources confirmed the men were linked
to the Bandidos criminal bikie gang.
In March, police in Brisbane shut down a
Bandido gang’s “extortion ring” accused of targeting young, buff
men in inner-city gyms.
Police have arrested seven alleged members of
the Bandidos, including two chapter presidents, two
sergeants-at-arms and rank-and-file members in West End and the
They face charges including extortion, assault
occasioning bodily harm in company and assault.