Media release

Arrest – Abduction – Nakara


Northern Territory Police have arrested a man and woman after an alleged abduction in Nakara yesterday.

At 3pm, police received reports that a 5-year-old boy was abducted from Witherden Street, Nakara, by his step father and a woman known to the child.

As the boy was being placed in a vehicle, his mother allegedly intervened and fell to the road from the fleeing vehicle. She was conveyed to Royal Darwin Hospital in a stable condition.  

Detectives from the Sex Crimes Division, Strike Force Trident, Adelaide River, Batchelor and general duties immediately deployed to track the vehicle.

At 5:30pm, the vehicle was apprehended shortly after turning onto Cox Peninsula Road. A 37-year-old man and 56-year-old woman were arrested at the scene without incident.

The child was found safe and well inside the vehicle, and is currently with family.

Both the man and woman are expected to be charged with serious harm offences and abduction. Both are currently in custody, assisting police with inquiries.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Russell said “Thankfully the mother is expected to make a full recovery and the child was found safe.

“Police would like to commend the incredible actions of a young boy and girl who witnessed the incident on Witherden Street and contacted police. Not only did they contact police as the abduction was unfolding, they also passed on the vehicles details and registration.

“This information was vital in allowing our officers to begin tracking the vehicle quickly, resulting in a positive outcome.”

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