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Off-duty cop hailed a hero after stopping Frankston car-jacker

Image: Detectives at the scene this morning – Nine News

An off-duty police officer who wrestled the knife off a would-be car-jacker is being hailed as a hero this morning.

Witnesses have described how the policeman calmly and swiftly dealt with the man in Frankston last night.

He happened to be walking past the Ashleigh Avenue shops when he saw a man threatening an elderly driver, 82, and his passenger, 67, with a knife.

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A witness told Channel Nine the off-duty policeman managed to wrestle the knife off the suspect and restrain him until detectives arrived.

“The guy was very erratic,” he said.

“He took him down really quick, he did a great job.”

The would-be car-jacker, aged 21, will face court today on a number of charges including attempted aggravated carjacking.

Sergeant Peter Martin told Channel Nine the officer suffered minor lacerations to his hand.

The victims of the attempted carjacking were uninjured.