Melbourne woman’s business targeted after Covid checkpoint video

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Lash technician who was dragged out of her car by cops at a Covid-19 checkpoint in shocking video has her business smashed by a molotov cocktail attack

  • Natalie Bonett was pulled from her car by police at a COVID-19 checkpoint
  • Two months on, her lash technician business has been targeted by vandals twice
  •  The 29-year-old has revealed she has been left devastated by the vicious attacks

A lash technician who made headlines after a bizarre video of her clashing with cops at a COVID-19 checkpoint went viral has had her business targeted by vandals.

Natalie Bonett, 29, was stopped by police at a blockade in Wallan, north of Melbourne, on her way to work in September.

They claimed to have spotted her phone attached to a car charger, which was mounted onto her windshield.

In violent scenes following a brief and tense exchange, the footage showed the officer reaching in to the car to drag her out by the scruff of her jumper.

Now the beauty worker has revealed her business has been targeted twice in the space of a month after the video went viral.

Natalie Bonett, 29, (pictured) was stopped by police at a blockade in Wallan, north of Melbourne, on her way to work in September and dragged out of her car by cops

Ms Bonett said her business - The Lash Bar Boutique - has been targeted twice, including a robbery on October 31 (pictured)

Ms Bonett said her business – The Lash Bar Boutique – has been targeted twice, including a robbery on October 31 (pictured)

The first incident happened on October 31, as her business The Lash Bar Boutique began to open up after the state’s intense lockdown. 

She arrived at work to find someone had broken in and robbed the store.

‘Just as we could re-open, our world came crumbling down. We came in this morning and noticed we had been robbed, and this has not only put a financial strain on the business but even more so our mental health,’ she posted on Facebook.

‘Working again gave us purpose and hope, we are so heartbroken and are in the process of getting everything fixed, but we may need to reschedule clients until we can repair the damages and stolen goods.’

The second happened on November 24 when someone threw Molotov cocktails into the front of the boarded up store front.

The person is seen on CCTV riding off on a bike after throwing the fire into the shop. 

Ms Bonett told the Herald Sun she felt gutted over the incident, but felt there wasn’t much she could do.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said detectives are looking in to the two incidents.

The second happened on November 24 when someone threw Molotov cocktails into the front of the boarded up store front.

The person is seen on CCTV riding off on a bike after throwing the fire into the shop

‘Investigators have been told two offenders have gained entry to the Daltons Road salon sometime overnight on October 30 and 31,’ she said.

‘The offenders have fled with various beauty products.

‘Officers are also investigating after two containers with flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the salon about 5am on November 24.

‘Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.’

Ms Bonett was thrust into the spotlight following a startling video of her arrest at a COVID-19 checkpoint. 

Ms Bonett, who suffers from an autoimmune disorder and anxiety, said she didn’t feel safe getting out of her car due to the pandemic but had her permit in her hand.

‘I had everything ready to go, he said that’s illegal you need to remove that [car charger]. I was just confused why he was stopping me in the first place,’ she told the Herald Sun in September.

Ms Bonett said the police officers’ response was disproportionate to her actions.

‘If I had known I would be dragged out of the car and my clothes ripped, scratched and bruised, I wouldn’t have done it, but I didn’t know,’ she said.

Confronting footage shows the moment the young woman was dragged from her car screaming (pictured) while she attempted to pass through a checkpoint in Melbourne

Confronting footage shows the moment the young woman was dragged from her car screaming (pictured) while she attempted to pass through a checkpoint in Melbourne

The beauty business owner claimed the officers were being 'rough' and kneed on her back, constructing her airways and leaving her with bruises down her arms (pictured)

The beauty business owner claimed the officers were being ‘rough’ and kneed on her back, constructing her airways and leaving her with bruises down her arms (pictured) 

Ms Bonett said the police officers' heavy-handed response was disproportionate to her actions

Ms Bonett said the police officers’ heavy-handed response was disproportionate to her actions

‘I was in disbelief. I thought he was attacking me, I was happy to comply. I didn’t deserve that, I don’t think anyone does.’

Ms Bonett, who denied she is a ‘COVID conspiracy theorist,’ said she was handcuffed for 15 minutes before her boyfriend gave her driver’s license to the police and she was released. 

Victoria Police were quick to hit back at criticism of their arrest at the time, alleging Ms Bonett repeatedly refused to provide her details and driver’s licence.

‘The woman refused to remove her phone from the windscreen,’ a police spokesman said.

‘The woman was warned that if she did not provide her details, she would be arrested,’ the spokesman said.

‘She still refused and was asked by police to get out of her car. When she refused this request, she was taken from the car by officers and taken into custody.’  

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