Dark blue 2013 Jeep Compass SUV with a possible Queensland registration 760 TNH
Dark blue 2013 Jeep Compass SUV with a possible Queensland registration 760 TNH QPS

Police allege boy was 'kidnapped for ransom'

UPDATE: POLICE will allege 12-year-old Gold Coast boy was kidnapped, bound and taken out of the state with the aim of holding him for ransom, it has been revealed.

Detectives will now apply to extradite a 53-year-old man from where he was arrested in New South Wales to face a charge of kidnapping for ransom.

The boy had just walked home from the day's school at Somerset College on Friday afternoon when he was allegedly snatched in broad daylight and dragged in to a black SUV as neighbours watched on in horror.

Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said a keen-eyed member of the public who had seen media reports spotted the Jeep used in the schoolboy's abduction and phoned police.

Police were also able to track the car using a traffic camera network before setting up a series of road blocks in an attempt to intercept the driver.

Police at the scene of the alleged abduction. Picture: Glenn Hampson
Police at the scene of the alleged abduction. Picture: Glenn Hampson

 

"In the lead up to the abduction we will allege that requests were made for money and of course that is what led to quickly identifying who we should be looking at," Det Insp Hogan said.

He said there had been a number of personal loans between the boy's father and a man of Chinese heritage before the demands for money were made.

"It was a case where both parties were known to each other and there were financial issues involve in the abduction of the child," Det Insp Hogan said.

"It's quite a substantial amount in my book."

Police found the man with the schoolboy in South Grafton early this afternoon. The man was arrested in the street and the vehicle recovered.

The young boy's mother travelled three hours down the NSW north coast late Saturday to be by his side.

Police are continuing to investigate whether other people were involved in the alleged kidnapping.

"He had some … slight scratches consistent with being bound," he said.

"As a precaution - with these things we take the high road so to speak - (we) took him to hospital."

One witness who told police she saw two people in the car responsible for the abduction said she was in shock to think something like that could happen in a quiet estate with new homes where the speed limit is just 8km/hr.

"You see that sort of stuff in the movies, but to see if actually happen," said the witness, who did not wish to be named.

Missing Queensland boy found in Grafton: A 12-year-old boy who was allegedly abducted from Mudgereeba has been found by police in the northern NSW city of Grafton.

He was a student at one of the Gold Coast's most prestigious schools.

The school's own CCTV cameras played a key role in the search, with images capturing the boy leaving the grounds just minutes before he was allegedly kidnapped.

The school community was on edge before news filtered through that the he had turned up safe in Grafton.

Teachers at the boy's school described the 12-year-old as a model student and 'extraordinary young man'.

"He is a really lovely young kid," he said.

Students at the school will this week be offered counselling to help come to terms with the shocking attack incident.

Late Saturday police were still searching for the SUV.

 

UPDATE: The Queensland Police Service have located the 12-year-old boy who was allegedly abducted from Mudgereeba yesterday afternoon.

The boy was found by police in Grafton in New South Wales a short time ago and is believed to have suffered no major injuries.

A 53-year-old man is assisting police with inquiries.

Police are still looking to locate the dark blue 2013 Jeep Compass with QLD registration 760TNH believed to be linked the boy's disappearance and continue with liaise with New South Wales Police as part of their investigations.

Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance.

EARLIER: The QPS has released images of a vehicle believed to be linked to the abduction of a 12-year-old boy from Mudgeeraba yesterday afternoon.

The boy was last seen on Clover Hill Drive at 3.45pm being pulled into a dark blue 2013 Jeep Compass SUV with a possible Queensland registration 760 TNH and may be at significant risk.

Dark blue 2013 Jeep Compass SUV with a possible Queensland registration 760 TNH.
Dark blue 2013 Jeep Compass SUV with a possible Queensland registration 760 TNH. QPS

CCTV images have also been released of the boy leaving a Somerset Drive educational facility shortly before he was taken.

Preliminary information suggests the incident was planned and not random.

He was last seen wearing a white shirt and dark coloured shorts.

The boy is described as being Asian in appearance.

#AmberAlert #Mudgeeraba 12y/o boy taken Mudgeeraba dark coloured SUV poss reg 760 TNH call 000 OR 131 564

Call 131 564 to provide information about this abduction.

Call 000 for life threatening information about this abduction.

EARLIER: POLICE have set up a major incident room and are following "a number of leads" in what they say could have been the organised abduction of a young boy from a Gold Coast street.

Twelve-year-old Oliver Yang was forced into a dark coloured SUV as he walked home from school in Mudgeeraba yesterday afternoon.

Oliver had left Somerset College and was walking along Somerset Dr when the occupants of a dark coloured Jeep grabbed him off the street at about 3.30pm.

CCTV images of Oliver show him carrying a tennis racquet and a school backpack.

Detective Inspector Marc Hogan told media this morning the abduction appeared planned but efforts to locate Oliver overnight had failed.

"He'd been at school. On returning home, it appears that within a very short time frame the abduction occurred," he said.

Det Insp Hogan said people living on the street where the abduction occurred heard the boy's screams and saw him bundled into the back of a car.

"It's a very close community," he said.

"There were people who were home at the time. They reported it to police.

"We worked all through the night in relation to trying to locate this boy. We haven't been successful.

"In terms of media awareness and public awareness, we are asking people to be on their guard and look for information that might assist us."

Det Insp Hogan said he could not comment on whether police had identified the owners of the car.

"We're trying to run things out and ascertain points of truth," he said.

"There was some CCTV of the vehicle locally but since that time we haven't been successful (in finding it again)."

He said there had been a delay of some hours in putting out an Amber Alert because police had initially believed they would be able to find Oliver relatively quickly.

"Initially there was some information which appeared that if it had run out in due course the matter would have been resolved fairly quickly but it didn't work out that way," Det Insp Hogan said.

When asked whether the abduction appeared to have been planned, he said: "Yes, to be honest, yes it does."

"The early indications are that some work has gone into that. We've received information today from members of the public which has skewed us in that direction."

The Jeep has a possible registration of 760 TNH.

Dark blue 2013 Jeep Compass SUV with a possible Queensland registration 760 TNH
Dark blue 2013 Jeep Compass SUV with a possible Queensland registration 760 TNH QPS

EARLIER

POLICE have released CCTV footage and are seeking urgent public assistance to help find a 12-year-old boy taken from the Gold Coast at 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.

Oliver Yang, a chess player who attends Somerset College, "may be at significant risk" and was last seen on Clover Hill Drive at Mudgeeraba at 3.30pm being pulled into a dark hatch with a possible Queensland registration 760 TNH.

"The police has issued an amber alert for Oliver Yang, last seen today on Clover Hill Drive at 3.30pm. Anyone with any information is urged to call 131 564 or 000 if life threatening information. Please help share this," the school posted.

Oliver is described as Asian in appearance, wearing a white shirt and dark coloured shorts.

The amber alert has sparked a massive police search on the Gold Coast desperately trying to locate the missing schoolboy.

Gold Coast Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said police were "very concerned" as the frantic search stretched late in to the night.

While the exact amount of police units investigating has not been confirmed, police media said there are a significant amount of crews assisting with the search.

"Basically every man and his dog, every crew that would be on that's not attached to anything else would probably be helping out," a police media spokesman said.

Call 131 564 to provide information about this abduction. Call triple-0 (000) if you have life threatening information about this abduction.