A Gold Coast woman has detailed the harrowing moment three teens allegedly robbed her at knifepoint while walking her dog.
Three teenagers have been charged over an incident which occurred outside a Pimpama unit complex at 11.20pm on Saturday night.
Kellie Hodge, 53, said she is still “trying to wrap her head around what happened” after she said hello to a group of teens moments before they allegedly threatened her by holding a scalpel to her dog.
“They had the scalpel down on his back, pointing towards me and demanded my keys,” she told Today on Monday.
“I resisted at first until a second child ran up to me with another scalpel and just pulled the keys off my neck.
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“It all happened within seconds, it was quite frightening.”
Police allege a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy allegedly produced knives and made threats against her before stealing the woman’s keys and fleeing the area on foot.
She escaped without injury.
Multiple police crews converged on the area within minutes, took down some brief notes before leaving to track down the alleged offenders.
The dog squad located three teenagers nearby and allegedly seized two knives before they were arrested.
A 12-year-old Tanah Merah boy, 13-year-old Willow Vale boy, and a 15-year-old Pimpama girl were each charged with one count of robbery while armed and in company.
They will remain behind bars until they appear in the Southport Children’s Court at a later date.
Ms Hodge said she was particularly rattled due to the fact she had spoken with the teens moments before the alleged robbery.
“I actually spoke to them when I walked out of my driveway, asking them if they were having a good night and they were polite until I started walking off,” she said.
“I didn’t feel threatened when I walked past them because of their ages.”
She said she feels like she isn’t “able to trust anyone now” and is “hesitant to leave the house” when it’s getting dark.
Voice for Victims leader Ben Cannon is due to meet with new Queensland premier Steven Miles about youth crime in the region on Monday.
“We’ve put some points to the previous Premier, that she agreed to. We want to get his confirmation that they’re still on track,” he told Today.
“People in our communities like Kelly are unfortunately being caught up in a broken social system that’s letting these kids fall through the cracks. It has to stop.”
Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have CCTV footage from the area, to contact them.
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