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GTA 5 Random Events Guide

Man tied to the electric pole on the side of the road


Mugging by Luring

There are some random events where a girl is calling you for help with something. Instead, when you follow them to help them out by being a good Samaritan, they turn on you and help other people rob you. There are two confirmed recorded instances where such mugging occurs.

1 -  Alley Lure Mugging

This random event occurs next to the Ammu-Nation located in La Mesa. When you are in the vicinity, you will see a blue dot appear in the minimap with a woman calling for your help.

When you go into the alleyway beside the ammu-nation, the  woman will go upstairs and as you follow her upstairs, she and her male partner will come out with their guns and hold you at gun point trying to rob you. If you don't do anything, they will rob you and run away. But if you take your gun out while you are held at gunpoint they will start shooting you. So make sure you are quick with your decision.

If you take the gun out while following the woman, they will not attack you and instead they will flee noticing the gun in your hand. After you kill them, you can pick up the ammo form them.

Location of the event in La Mesa beside the Ammu-Nation
Both the Muggers attacking the protagonist after taking the gun out

2 - El Burro Heights Gang Jump

As you are driving down El Burro Heights, you will notice a lady waving her hand towards you asking for help. When you follow her, she will take you to the backyard of a house where you are ambushed by some gang members. Take the gang members out and you can score some easy cash and ammo for weapons.

You can leave the woman alone (or don't) because she was simply intimidated by the gang members and was not part of the gang.

El Burro Heights location where you will find the woman
Woman on the sidewalk waving her hand calling for help
The gang members ambush the protagonist (Michael). They look like they belong to infamous Vagos gang

Construction Site Incident

This random event occurs at the construction site located in Little Seoul.  As you get closer to the construction site, you will notice a blue dot on the map. As you walk further towards the blue dot at the construction site a cut scene starts where you will witness some heavy metal pipes fall on top of a truck at the site. As a result, the driver of the truck gets stuck inside. The driver will ask you to help him out.

As you move closer to the stuck driver after the cut scene, you will be directed to use the bulldozer to move the pipes out of the way so that the driver can get out. The easiest and quickest way to go about this is to simply use the bulldozer to push the left side of the pipes. After you push the pipes away, you better run away from the truck as fast as you can since the truck will explode. You will be rewarded with +2 driving skill points for your valiant act!

Event triggered at the construction site located in western Little Seoul
The parked truck just before the cut scene is triggered
Smoke coming out of the front of the truck while it is stuck in between heavy metal pipes. The bulldozer being driver by the protagonist to help the driver escape

Domestic Disturbance

As you drive through Wild Oats Drive located in Vinewood Hill near Franklin's new house, you will notice a couple arguing right outside one of the houses. The girlfriend is up on the balcony throwing everything down at her boyfriend. When she is done throwing the stuff she goes back inside the house and you can hear her crying. The boyfriend's name is Castro Lagano, who is a golfer. He asks you to drop him off at the Golf Club.

As you are driving towards the Golf Club he will tell you the whole story as to why they were in an argument. it turns out he cheated. Anyway, after you drop him to the golf club you will be rewarded with $80 and Castro as your new golfing partner.

The location where the event triggers at Wild Oat Drives in Vinewood Hills
Castro Lagano

Gang Altercation at Grand Senora Desert

When you are driving near the old liquor store which is located in front of the 24/7 Supermarket in Grand Senora Desert by Alamo Sea, you will see a blue dot along with red dots appear on your minimap. As you get closer, you will see two Lost MC members holding a guy at gunpoint. Simply kill both the bikers and then follow the guy to his car. As you follow some more bikers will show up to fight you, so make sure you are prepared and ready to gun them all down.

After you are done killing them all, the guy will drive away after rewarding you with a handsome $1,000!

Location near Alamo Sea at Grand Senora Desert
Lost MC members holding the guy at gunpoint asking for money

Eastern Motel Robbery

As you drive down the road at Harmony you will notice some cop cars in distance and a blue/red flashing dot on your minimap indicating the robbers. There are a total of two robbers who are in a gunfight with a two cops in front of Eastern Motel. You can either help the robbers eliminate the police officers OR you can kill the robbers and get the evidence that they are holding for yourself.

If you decide to kill the robbers, make sure you go behind them and then gun them down. After you kill the two robbers, you can either leave the scene or quickly get the briefcase and get away from the scene before the cops see you. If you manage to get the evidence briefcase without the cops seeing you, you will walk away with a hefty $10,000 ($5,000 per criminal) and no wanted level. However, if they see you, then you will get a 2 star wanted level.

The Eastern Motel is located at Senora Road and the Route 68 intersection in Harmony
The cop cars in front of the Eastern Motel with cops taking cover behind them as they fight the robbers
The two robbers in cover while in a gunfight with the cops

Taliana Martinez Rescue

This event is located on Great Ocean Highway, near Mount Chiliad where the intersection is. As you approach the location, you will see a woman named Taliana Martinez badly injured and asking for your help. She was the only survivor of a robbery she and her crew carried out. She was the getaway driver but unfortunately things went bad and she crashed the car resulting in her crew member dying.

She will ask you to drop her off at her house. Make sure you drive carefully but not slow. Because if you take too long to drop her off at her house, she will die of blood loss. Upon successfully dropping her at her house, she will be added as a new heist member as a Driver for future heists.

Great Ocean Highway intersection near Mount Chiliad
Injured Taliana Martinez with her crashed car in the back and a dead crew member
Taliana Martinez after you drop her off at her house

Drug Deal Massacre

This event is located near the western side of Mount Chiliad by the Great Ocean Highway. As you approach new the area, you will see fatally wounded gang members who appear to have been involved in a heavy gunfight. You can kill them.

As you move forward down the hill, you will find another player who is fatally wounded and beside him is a briefcase which holds $25,000. You can kill the member and then take the briefcase and leave. As you leave on the highway, some gang members will follow you and try to kill you. Simply kill them all in order to successfully complete the event.

If you leave the area on foot, then the gang members will not chase you down.

Western Mount Chiliad near Great Ocean Highway
Scene of massacre as you arrive at the location
Briefcase containing $25,000
Gang members who chase you to kill you for the briefcase

Patrick “Packie” McReary

You come across Packie McReary from GTA IV in the world of GTA 5 as well. You encounter him in the very early stages of game play. You will find a random event where Packie and a friend of his are holding a drug store owner at gunpoint and are looking for a way to escape.

They have just robbed the drug store which is located at Strawberry Avenue. This is where you come in and help them by being their getaway driver. As you get a vehicle to help them out, you will then be faced with a 2 star wanted level. Evade the cops and then drop Packie and his friend to their desired destination. As you are driving Packie to his location, he will tell you about his story back in Liberty City (events from GTA IV)

After you drop them at their location, you will be able to choose as a heist crew member in your future heists. He has the highest gunman skill in the game and hence takes 12% of the heist take.

Important: Please note that in order to trigger this event you need to do the first strangers and freaks mission by Franklin, which pops up in front of his old garage house - it's the Tonya mission where you have to complete a tow truck job. After that come to the location and you should be able to trigger the mission.

Drug store located at the corner of Strawberry Avenue near Franklin's old house
Packie (circled in Red) and his friend holding the drug store owner at gunpoint
Packie holding the drug store owner at gun point

Paparazzi Escape

As you drive by Vinewood Boulevard in the Downtown Vinewood area, you will come across a female celebrity who will be hiding in an alleyway trying to avoid all the paparazzi surrounding her. As you approach her she will ask you to drop her to her house and help escape the paparazzi.

You will need to drop her in her own car. Her house is located in Vinewood Hills. As you are driving her off to her house, she reveals her name to be Lacey Jonas. You will need to evade the chasing paparazzi and then take her to her house.

After you drop her she will reward you with $750.

Alley is across Oriental Theater in Downtown Vinewood
Lacey Jonas
Lacey Jonas standing in front of her house in Vinewood Hills after you drop her off

Girl Burial

As you drive on a dirt road in the northern area of Paleto Bay, you will trigger an event where you will notice two men about to bury a lady alive. You simply need to kill both the men and then approach the lady to untie her. She will ask you to then drop her off to a certain location.

As you are driving her to her stated destination, more men will chase you and try to kill you both. Simply kill them all and the continue off to her destination. When you reach the destination, she will be picked up by her trusted driver and drive off.

After a few minutes, she will call you again and reward you with a tidy $60,000!

The dirt road where the event occurs in the northern part of paleto bay
Men digging a grave to bury the lady
The lady who was about to get buried alive

Rogue Altruists

This event occurs near Great Chaparral just by Baytree Canyon Road located in Grand Senora Desert. As you approach the marked location. You will notice two Altruist Cult members tying up a girl and about to assault her. You can jump in and help the girl, after which she will request you to drop her off at her house.

Once you drop her off, she will reward you with a decent $80 tip for the trouble.

The event location near Great Chaparral just by Baytree Canyon Road in Grand Senora Desert
Altruist Cult Victim outside her house after you drop her


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Hassan Sajid

Hassan Sajid // Articles: 78

Hassan has been playing games ever since he was a kid. He started off with the PSX and PS2 and now games on a PC. Although he graduated with a degree in process operation & maintenance engineering from the National University Science & Technology (erstwhile known as Caledonian College of Engineering), his love for gaming never faded with his engineering study endeavors. Hassan's first Grand Theft Auto game was Vice City and ever since that he has been hooked on the Grand Theft Auto Series. Ultimately, GTA San Andreas is Hassan's favorite. Along with GTA games, he is a huge fan of the Call Of Duty series, as well as Assassins Creed and Red Dead Redemption 2.