Two charged with extortion after men assaulted over ute

POLICE have charged two men with extortion after a man was allegedly assaulted and had his car stolen at Rockhampton early on Saturday morning.

It will be alleged sometime between midnight and 1am, two men in a utility drove down a laneway off George Street with the driver stopping to speak to a man standing in the laneway.

Several men then pulled the driver and his 22-year-old passenger out of the utility before assaulting them both and stealing the vehicle.

The driver, a 30-year-old Kawana man, contacted family who attended the scene and transported him to RockhamptonBaseHospital for treatment to facial injuries including fractures and a laceration.

His passenger sustained minor injuries.

It will be alleged tht money was demanded for the return of the stolen vehicle.

A 21-year-old Gracemere man has been charged with one count each of extortion and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. 

A 32-year-old Rockhampton man has been charged with one count each of extortion, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a knife.

They are both due to appear in Rockhampon Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.