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Two men have been charged and one is due in court today, in the wake of a violent car jacking at a Southport apartment complex.
A 54-year-old woman allegedly spotted a man trying to break into a car in the basement carpark of the complex on Marine Parade around 1:30 on Wednesday morning, when she was returning home from work.
The off-duty security guard confronted him, but said the man punched her repeatedly in the face before stealing her Mercedes C180.
She was taken to hospital with a broken arm and severe bruising to her face, and spoke to Channel Nine from her hospital bed.
"I tried to open the door and take him, but he stepped out and punched me," she said.
"I was screaming "help, help" but nobody came out".
Her car was later found abandoned in Coolangatta and a man was found hiding under a house in the suburb, after police launched a manhunt yesterday afternoon.
He and another man were taken into custody and questioned overnight.
The 21-year-old man, from Tweed Heads South, has since been charged with enter premise with intent to commit an indictable offence, robbery using personal violence, attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and fail to comply with requirement to stop private vehicle.
He was due to front the Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The second man, aged 34, will face court later this month on a less serious charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.