A teenage boy is among 10 people charged over an alleged home invasion and kidnapping of a former Sydney bikie over a $2million ransom.
Former Lone Wolf bikie Dillon Mancuso, 37, was allegedly abducted at gunpoint and driven to a warehouse where he was held captive for six hours before he was dramatically rescued from the burning building wearing just his underpants by heavily armed police.
Investigators allege a group of men – one armed with a gun – forced their way into a Bringelly in Sydney’s south-west about 3am on Tuesday and confronted Mancuso, and a 61-year-old man also inside.
The gang allegedly assaulted the older man before dragging Mancuso into a waiting vehicle outside the Jersey Road home.
Inquiries led detectives and Tactical Operations Unit officers to an industrial warehouse 28 kilometres away in Revesby later that day, where officers negotiated with the alleged kidnappers to release Mancuso.
The man at the centre of the bizarre raid was former Lone Wolf bikie Dillon Mancuso, 37, who calmly rested on a police vehicle wearing white briefs when the ordeal was over
Dillion Mancuso was loaded onto a stretcher by paramedics and taken to hospital following the alleged kidnapping. Pictured are emergency services at the scene
Police allege the warehouse was set on fire as officers stormed the building.
Eight males were dragged from the building and arrested by tactical officers in dramatic scenes caught on camera.
Another three men were arrested after they allegedly arrived in a vehicle at the warehouse during the police operation.
Mancuso, 37, was filmed at the scene calmly resting on a police vehicle wearing white briefs following his harrowing ordeal.
He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his head, face and ribs, where he remains under police custody.
Seven males – two 23-year-olds and the others aged 16, 19, 22, 26 and 27 were later charged with kidnapping with intent to ransom resulting in actual bodily harm, break and enter, tampering with evidence, and participating in a gang.
Heavily-armed tactical police swooped on a burning factory before dragging eight men outside and arresting them over an alleged kidnapping
They were refused bail and are due to appear at courts in Bankstown and Parramatta on Wednesday.
Another three men – aged 27, 28 and 30 charged with kidnapping and gang-related charges will appear at Parramatta Local Court.
Police will allege the kidnapping was linked to an alleged attempt to extort money, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Mancuso remains under police guard in hospital and will be questioned by police on Wednesday.
The older man assaulted in the alleged home invasion only suffered minor injuries.
Police also slapped cuffs on three more men in the hours that followed after being called to an industrial warehouse on Marigold Street in Sydney’s Revesby in the city’s south-west
Fire can be seen billowing from the warehouse where a 37-year-old was allegedly being held
Fire and Rescue NSW was called to the warehouse to extinguish the blaze.
A nearby office worker at an adjacent warehouse described the dramatic raid as it played out in the middle of the day.
‘I looked out the window and three cop cars were blocking the driveway and calling for the people in the unit to come out,’ the witness told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We sort of saw it coming. Those guys had been rolling around for a few months bringing in motorbikes and exotic cars and making a lot of noise.’
Investigators allege a group of men – one armed with a firearm – forced their way into a home in Bringelly in Sydney’s far south-west at about 3am on Tuesday and confronted a 37-year-old and a 61-year-old man who were inside
Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis, robbery and serious crime squad commander, said ‘at this stage it appears there are some organised crime and bikie-related links’.
He added the abducted man was lucky to be alive.
‘The level of violence towards the alleged victim was quite severe and concerning. We believe it was completely targeted,’ Detective Superintendent Koutsoufis told reporters.
‘The incident was exceptionally dangerous and could have been even more severe, or even fatal.’
Inquiries into the incident are continuing.
Mancuso is facing charges including dealing with the proceeds of crime after Federal Police seized more than $1 million cash and three luxury cars valued at more than $100,000 each last year.
Pictured: Marigold Street in Revesby. Tactical Operations Unit officers and police negotiators carried out inquiries before converging on an industrial warehouse on the suburban road
Pictured: The scene outside a Revesby, south-west Sydney warehouse after a man was allegedly kidnapped from a Bringelly home on Tuesday morning