One of the 11 men arrested over the bizarre alleged abduction of an ex-bikie for a $2 million ransom, is the cousin of two other men accused of kidnapping Australian cricket great Stuart MacGill.
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.
He was dramatically rescued from the burning building by heavily armed police wearing just his underpants.
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 the tactical operations unit officers to an industrial warehouse 28km away in Revesby later that day, where officers negotiated with the alleged kidnappers to release Mancuso.
Fire can be seen billowing from the warehouse where a 37-year-old was allegedly being held
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
The strange case shares some parallels with the terrifying ordeal of retired leg-spinner MacGill, beyond the family connection of the accused kidnappers.
He was allegedly dragged of the street and bundled into a car by three men and then held in a Western Sydney property.
MacGill was held against his will for four hours after becoming embroiled in an alleged $660,000 cocaine rip-off, according to court documents.
Police allege MacGill was kidnapped after unwittingly introducing an acquaintance, known only as Sonny, to Marino Sotiropoulos, the brother of Ms O’Meagher.
Sotiropoulos allegedly supplied Sonny with 2kg of cocaine sourced from an unnamed dealer but Sonny failed to pay for the drugs and has since gone to ground.
Richard Schaaf, 29, and his brother Frederick, 27, were both charged with their alleged role in the cricketer’s abduction.
Their cousin, Elijah Schaaf, 22, was one of the 10 men charged over the kidnapping of Mancuso – charges are also pending for another man.
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest the two alleged crimes are linked.
Test cricket star Stuart MacGill was allegedly held against his will for four hours after becoming embroiled in an alleged $660,000 cocaine rip-off, according to court documents
Stuart MacGill allegedly introduced Marino Sotiropoulos, the brother of his girlfriend Maria O’Meagher, to a man known as Sonny. Sotiropoulos later allegedly supplied Sonny with 2kg of cocaine provided by another unknown dealer who was never paid for the drugs. McGill is pictured with Ms O’Meagher
Police allege the warehouse was set on fire as officers stormed the building.
Eight men 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 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.
One of the four men arrested by police in relation to the alleged kidnapping of former Australian spin bowler Stuart MacGill
NSW Police allege the retired leg-spinner, 50, was bundled into a car by Richard Schaaf, 29, (left) and his brother Frederick Schaaf, 27, (right) on the streets of Sydney’s lower north shore, before enduring a terrifying kidnapping ordeal
Another of the arrested men is bundled out of a police wagon following a series of raids across Sydney on May 5
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.
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.’
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.
Dillion Mancuso was loaded onto a stretcher by paramedics and taken to hospital following the alleged kidnapping. Pictured are emergency services at the scene
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