Melbourne Minister dragged out of car and robbed at gunpoint
A man of the cloth who had just finished a round of golf in Melbourne was dragged out of his car and had a gun pointed at his face before a thug stole his Subaru Impreza.
Retired Uniting Church Reverend John Evans was driving on Old Poplar Road in Parkville yesterday at about 8am, when a dark-coloured SUV blocked him in.
He stopped his silver car, with registration 100 1DS, before a man got out of the passenger side of the SUV and opened Mr Evans' door.
"That male has waved that handgun around and made demands for John to hand over his car," Detective Senior Constable Anthony Murphy told reporters this morning.
Mr Evans said his attacker was dressed like a police or border force officer, and he realised the gun was fake before the man fiddled with his seatbelt to drag him out.
"I immediately saw the gun. He said 'get out, I have a gun'," Mr Evans told reporters.
"You are looking down the barrel of a gun. There was no sense of metal that he was holding to my face. I wasn't fearful he was going to shoot me."
The man pulled Mr Evans from his car, threw him on the ground while wielding a small black pistol.
"I hit the deck but he aggressively was going for my pocket - he worked out where the keys were (it is a push start engine) and literally ripped my trousers to get to those."
During the scuffle, the gun was knocked and skimmed across the road.
"I didn't grab the gun, it flew out in the whole kerfuffle and ... it landed in the gutter," he said.
The man jumped in Mr Evans' car and drove off, with a co-accused leaving in the SUV.
Police have released a face-fit image of a southern European man with tanned skin, in his early 20s, wearing a black baseball cap they wish to speak to about the attack.
© AAP 2019