Charges laid over Whittlesea kidnapping

A DOREEN woman and two men from Warburton and Lilydale will face court in December charged with kidnapping a Whittlesea woman in July.

The trio allegedly kidnapped the woman from a Whittlesea property at about 10.30pm on July 29.

Police allege they forced open the door of the property and overpowered the woman before tying her, blindfolding her and forcing her into the boot of a car.

Whittlesea Crime Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Liam O’Connor said the woman was later able to untie herself and escape the vehicle after it had left the property.

Det Sgt O’Connor said the crime was serious and unusual for the Whittlesea area.

“It is a disturbing type of crime. It’s a high-level crime. Under the Bail Act, it is a schedule one crime,” he said.

“It’s absolutely unusual for the area. This is the first case like this I can think of in the two years I’ve been here. They’re not common crimes.”

The two men, a 24-year-old from Warburton and an 18-year-old from Lilydale, were remanded in custody, while the Doreen woman, 36, was bailed.

The trio is set to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with aggravated home invasion and kidnapping on December 8.