Australian man blows up car of couple who beeped at his girlfriend in a McDonald’s drive-thru
While they were picking up food at a McDonald’s in Wollongong NSW on February 22, a woman allegedly veered dangerously close to the unnamed couple’s ute. When they honked their horn, she became angry and confronted them in the drive-thru.
The couple drove away unscathed, but it wasn’t the last they would hear from the aggressive driver, who was so offended at being beeped at she followed them to record their license plate.
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The day after the McDonald’s altercation, the couple found the window of their Ford Rodeo had been smashed.
Over the next few weeks they received a torrent of online abuse and threats, which they reported to the Fixated Persons Investigations Unit (FPIU) which targets “lone wolf extremists” believed to be a future terrorism threat.
Things escalated on March 5 when their ute was blown up. A “sophisticated” explosive had been placed on the vehicle while it was parked in the couple’s driveway.
It only partially destroyed the car, but Detective Superintendent Michael McLean from the FPIU said the explosion was powerful enough to kill.
“This was an act of grievance-fuelled violence,” he told local media, adding that the culprits had used “ingenious” methods to track down the victims.
Two people were arrested on Tuesday (local time) at a local BP station in relation to the bomb. Police arrested a 33-year-old man and later his 31-year-old female partner, and also seized a pipe bomb, drone and baton while searching their car and house.