A woman who was dragged along the road for 100m in a violent Melbourne carjacking has spoken of her terror as a knife was allegedly held to her throat.
Manasi Gore, 46, was on her phone while sitting in her parked Mazda CX-9 waiting for her son to pick up a pizza for dinner in Glen Waverley at about 8.40pm on March 17.
Two men with knives then allegedly approached the car and demanded she get out.
“He had the knife at my throat and he said ‘If you scream, I’ll hurt you’,” Gore told reporters on Monday.
“I reached for the house keys that were in the centre console and the guy on the passenger side jabbed at my hand.
“It cut the artery, the nerve, the tendon. So I’ve got no sensation in my pinkie finger.”
As Gore tried to then leave the vehicle, she became stuck in the seatbelt as it was still wrapped around her.
‘He had the knife at my throat and he said ‘If you scream, I’ll hurt you’.’
“I screamed for my son who was across the road in the shop and he started running toward me,” she said.
“But the guy had already taken off and I was dragged alongside the car. My shoes came off and my left foot was inverted.
“I was begging for them to stop to car just for a minute to get my seatbelt off and they finally did. I was then just standing in the middle of the road and was so dazed.”
Manasi’s son and the pizza shop owner then helped her into the store and called emergency services.
The mother has said losing the use of her hand and the trauma of the violent incident had left her unable to leave the house.
She has also lost layers of skin from her foot from being dragged along the road.
“It’s disrupted our lives a lot,” she said.
On March 25, police arrested a 17-year-old Roxburgh Park teenager and charged him with 19 offences, including aggravated carjacking.
He was remanded to appear before a children’s court at a later date.
But detectives are yet to identify the second man.
On Monday they released CCTV of a male they believe can assist them.
He is described as African in appearance, about 183cm tall and was wearing a black puffer jacket and light grey tracksuit pants.
Anyone who recognises the man has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers.