Alleged carjacker recognised from photo

Last updated 16:57 03/12/2013

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A man has been arrested today in connection with a North Shore carjacking.

The 37-year-old Glenfield man allegedly stole a car at gunpoint in Albany on Saturday morning.

The owner of the car, a 1999 Nissan Skyline with the registration STIG, said he was forced out of his car at gunpoint after agreeing to give a man and a woman a ride from McDonald's in Coliseum Dr.

The incident happened just after midnight.

Detective Sergeant James Watson said the victim drove the pair past North Harbour Stadium in Don McKinnon Dr towards the nearby Park and Ride before the man asked for the driver to halt for a comfort stop.

The victim circled the roundabout and parked up in Don McKinnon Dr facing back toward the stadium. The man then allegedly slipped a firearm from beneath his jacket and pointed it at the victim.

He said he was ordered from his car and could only watch as it was driven away towards McDonald's, Watson said. The victim flagged down a passing vehicle and used the driver's phone to call police.

Police said the arrest came about after a member of the public recognised the alleged offender's photo.

The Glenfield man will appear in the North Shore District Court tomorrow morning charged with aggravated robbery.

The car has not been found.

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