A police manhunt for the unknown offenders who dragged a Melbourne teen into a car before dumping him on the side of the road with life-threatening injuries continues.
The 14-year-old boy was confronted by individuals in a dark grey Volkswagen Tiguan outside Glen Eira College at Glen Huntly about 3.35pm on Monday.
He was then forced into the car, which drove along Neerim Rd, before being dumped on the side of Grange Rd a short time later.
The teenager suffered serious injuries during the incident and was rushed to hospital in a life-threatening condition.
It is understood the year 9 student had just finished school for the day before he was attacked.
He was in a stable condition as of Tuesday.
Officers were later tipped off by fire authorities to a burnt-out Volkswagen Tiguan found on Heatherton Rd in Dandenong.
A police spokesperson said officers were still working to determine if the vehicle, which was found engulfed in flames shortly after midnight, was linked to the attack due to how severely it was damaged.
Police investigations into whether the abduction could also be linked to an incident that occurred earlier that day in Caulfield are ongoing.
At about 3.25pm, four teenagers were robbed by two unknown individuals “armed with machetes” on Kambrook Rd
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Lisa Watson said police believed a number of items had been taken in the attack, including mobile phones.
She also told 9 News that the child targeted in Monday’s attack was “not in a position to speak to us at this time”.
“There are some facts and circumstances that we won’t be aware of and unable to confirm until we’ve been able to speak with him,” Sergeant Watson said.
“(It appears he was an) innocent victim on his way home from school.”
It’s believed the unknown offenders who abducted the 14-year-old were armed with a box cutter and machetes when they demanded the phones of the victim and several classmates he was walking with, according to 9 News.
Glen Eira College, where the teen is believed to have attended school, sent an email to parents on Monday night about the incident.
“This is a horrible situation which has no doubt shocked many of our school community,” the email said.
“Our hearts go out to the student, student’s family and friends during this time.”
Anyone who witnessed either incident, has dashcam footage, saw the vehicle involved or who has any other information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Originally published as Abducted Melbourne teen an ‘innocent victim’: cops