Two men and a teenage boy have been charged over their alleged roles in the kidnapping of a popular TikTokker and cafe owner.
Jacob Najjar, the owner of Thirsty Monkey, was allegedly dragged from his unit on Grazier Street in Lidcombe, in Sydney’s west, at around midnight on November 4.
The 36-year-old was found almost 24 hours later some 30km away on the side of Lower Washington Drive in Bonnet Bay with facial injuries.
Police arrested two men, aged 30 and 27, along with a 17-year-old boy on Friday night.
Jacob Najjar, the owner of Thirsty Monkey, was allegedly dragged from his unit on Grazier Street in Lidcombe, in Sydney ‘s west, at around midnight on November 4
NSW paramedics found him almost 24 hours later with minor facial injuries and took him to hospital in a stable condition
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Detectives believe the alleged kidnapping of Mr Najjar is linked to a separate incident where a 44-year-old man was allegedly abducted from a shop in Regents Park on Friday last week.
That man was returned to his home the following day with minor facial injuries.
The 30-year-old man has been charged with two counts of take/detain in company with intent for ransom occasion actual bodily harm, conspiracy to take/detain in company with intent for ransom and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.
The younger man and teenager were charged with take/detain in company with intent for ransom occasion actual bodily harm, enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, two counts of participate criminal group contribute criminal, two counts of be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, conspiracy to take/detain in company with intent for ransom, and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.
The trio were all refused bail and were due to face court on Saturday.
Two days after Mr Najjar was released from Sutherland Hospital, Thirsty Monkey shared a video of him back at work on Wednesday.
‘Thank you for everyone’s concerns, Jacob is fine and he’s back at work, people spreading fake news, trying to get some viewers & following on this app,’ the caption read.
‘Thirsty Monkey is not closed and is and will always be safe to visit. We will continue with our unbeatable acai, much love to everyone and thank you for the support.’
Mr Najjar was seen making an acai bowl in the video as he talked into the camera.
‘You know what the news are like, anything for some clickbait,’ he said.
‘Don’t worry about the news, don’t worry about anything. We’re still open and we’re still grinding.’
The TikTokker has opened up cafes in Parramatta, Wentworth Point and Marrickville with his business a hit among locals due to its popular acai bowls.
His business TikTok page has more than 20,000 followers while his personal Instagram account has over 37,000.
Mr Najjar was once pictured with senior members of the Alameddine crime network.
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest any wrongdoing by Mr Najjar.
Jacob Najjar was back at work at the Thirsty Monkey days after he was allegedly kidnapped