WHEN Glastonbury property owner Gary Williams heard there were two shirtless men on his property, he was worried they were stealing his cattle.
Instead he became a rescuer for the campers fleeing a man who held them captive for up to an hour with an uncapped syringe on Monday morning.
A neighbour called Mr Williams after seeing the men run away from her car and hide in a nearby creek.
But when Mr Williams found them walking down the road, he said they were clearly "shaken up".
"They came out and threw their hands up and said 'we've been threatened', and told their story about the syringe," he said.
"We realised that they were fair dinkum."
He brought the men back to his house, rang the police, made the men tea and sat down to hear more about their harrowing experience.
The Gold Coast men, both aged 25, had been camping at the nearby Glastonbury Creek Camping Grounds when they attempted to intervene in a disturbance between a Gympie man and woman.
The man produced the syringe and threatened to attack them with it, keeping them trapped near his camp site.
The campers finally mustered the courage to escape, jumping a fence and fleeing through the forest.
With both their phones stolen in the attack, they tried to seek help at a nearby house, but nobody was home.
Mr Williams said the men were "terrified" when they saw his neighbour's car, thinking it may have been their captor.
"When the car come along, they were scared, and that's why they went and hid," he said.
As the campers recovered, Mr Williams drove back to the camping grounds to find their van had been stolen and the offender's car was missing.
The van has since been found at a Hillview Ct address in Gympie.
Mr Williams said he was familiar with the offender, who camped at the grounds regularly.
He said Queensland Parks and Wildlife need to be checking who they let into their camping grounds and keep staff on site to help prevent and manage incidents.
Police are still searching for a man and woman involved in Monday's drama and have released an image of the man.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au.
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