Nick Kyrgios breaks silence after helping catch alleged car robber
Nick Kyrgios’s mum says it’s been a ‘tough year’ for star
Nick Kyrgios has broken his silence after his mother was reportedly held at gunpoint by a man who allegedly stole his Tesla on Monday morning. The Australian tennis star has explained how he’s feeling after the worrying ordeal, during which he helped police catch the alleged robber by using an app on his phone.
According to court documents, Kyrgios’ mother answered the front door of their Canberra home at around 8:30am to a man wearing all black, who called himself ‘Chris’.
He allegedly pointed a long-barrel firearm at her before demanding that she hand over the keys to Kyrgios’ green Tesla, parked on the driveway.
She was then allegedly ordered to go outside at gunpoint and show the robber how to open the car.
In court documents, police alleged: “She was escorted outside toward the Tesla at gunpoint and observed the defendant get into the driver seat of the car.
“She felt at this time that she had an opportunity while the firearm was not pointed at her to run back inside and scream for help from the other occupants of the house.”
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On Thursday morning, Kyrgios took to Instagram to break his silence by sending a message to his followers, confirming he had been hit hard by the scary incident.
He wrote: “Last couple days have been rough… haven’t slept much and battling a little. Appreciative of all the support.”
Kyrgios helped the police catch the culprit after he and his manager, Daniel Horsfall, reported the crime.
The 28-year-old used the Tesla app on his phone to track his car and inform the police of its location while also limiting the vehicle to 80km/hr.
A police chase through Canberra’s inner north ensued, and was said to be going 90km/hr in a 50km/hr zone, sometimes on the wrong side of the road.
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After ending the pursuit in a school zone to keep the public safe, the police eventually caught the alleged robber, who resisted arrest and was tasered – police say.
He was charged with aggravated robbery, driving a vehicle without consent, failing to stop for police, driving while suspended and resisting a public official.
The man appeared in the Australian Capital Territory magistrates court on Tuesday and was reportedly denied bail by magistrate Glenn Theakston.
He will return to court later this month.
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