Ipswich alleged stabbing: Dramatic moment SWAT-style cops storm suburban backyard in manhunt for teenage boys after grandmother Vyleen White was allegedly stabbed to death at the shops
Video shows heavily armed police officers scouring a backyard during their pursuit of one of the teenage boys arrested in connection with the death of grandmother Vyleen White.
Ms White, 70, was with her six-year-old granddaughter at Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Centre, near Ipswich west of Brisbane, when she was allegedly stabbed in the chest in the car park on Saturday night.
Five teenagers, aged between 15 and 16, have now been arrested and charged in connection with her death and alleged carjacking. A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder.
CCTV has now emerged of two heavily armed officers prowling the back yard of a house in Bellbird Park on Monday afternoon.
One officer, who was carrying a large rifle, gave the other officer a thumbs up as they stood in different areas of the garden behind a wooden fence, while dogs were heard barking in the distance.
Vyleen White (70) was with her six-year-old granddaughter at Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Centre, west of Brisbane, when she was allegedly stabbed in the chest in the centre’s car park on Saturday night.
Plastic chairs were stacked in the backyard while a child’s slide was also seen.
During the arrest, a neighbor took a photo of one of the officers walking past their window.
A 15-year-old boy only handed himself in to police on Sunday and was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle in connection with Ms White’s allegedly stolen blue Hyundai Getz.
Another boy (16) has now been charged with murder, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and theft after he was arrested at a unit in Bellbird Park on Monday afternoon. He will face Ipswich Children’s Court on Tuesday.
The remaining three teenagers were charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and are due to appear in separate courts on Tuesday.
The second 15-year-old also faces a charge of possession of contaminated property.
CCTV has now emerged of two heavily armed officers roaming the back yard of a house in Bellbird Park on Monday afternoon
The officers were seen walking around the backyard of a house believed to belong to one of the teenagers in connection with Ms. White’s murder was arrested.
A neighbor is seen looking out his window Monday afternoon to see a heavily armed officer
Ms White died at the scene, while her granddaughter, who saw the horror unfold, was unhurt.
Detectives earlier released CCTV footage of four youths in a Hyundai Getz, allegedly belonging to Ms. White was stolen.
“Unfortunately the motive was to steal a Hyundai Getz,” Queensland Police Acting Superintendent Heath McQueen said of the fatal stabbing.
“I stand before you today and talk to you about a murder of a grandmother in front of a six-year-old … and the result was a stolen Hyundai Getz – that is the motive.”
He described it as a ‘callous, cowardly, violent crime’.
“She was a loving family woman,” he said.
‘She took her granddaughter to the shops. This is senseless violence.’
CCTV footage shows youths at the shopping center shortly before 5pm on Saturday – an hour before Vyleen White died
In the wake of Ms. White’s death, one of her granddaughters, Samantha White, created a petition call for tougher laws and penalties for gang-related and racially motivated violence.
“This devastating event made me realize how urgent it is to address gang-related and racially motivated violence in our community,” Samantha wrote.
‘It is a harsh reality that such incidents are not isolated, but are part of a growing trend.’
She said gang violence had soared in recent years, citing figures from the Australian Institute of Criminology.
“We need tougher laws and tougher penalties for these heinous crimes,” the petition continued.
‘We need reforms that will make our streets safer and ensure that no other family has to endure the pain we are experiencing.
‘This petition calls on legislators in Redbank Plains QLD, Australia, to take immediate action by implementing tougher laws against gang-related activity and racial violence, as well as imposing tougher penalties on those found guilty of such acts.
“Help make everyone’s lives safer sign to make Vyleen’s law possible.”
Vyleen White (pictured) was stabbed to death in the underground car park of Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Center on Saturday