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Random Events

Grand Theft Auto 5 Walkthrough and Guide by AbsoluteSteve & BKStunt
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Random Events

Random Event: Mugger

This random event involves chasing down a petty thief after he has mugged a civilian. If you come across this event early in the game, the thief will have a higher stamina than you so it is best to chase him down in a vehicle. In fact, he carries a pistol so it is best to ram him when you can to dispatch him. He will drop the purse once you have taken him out along with his pistol. From there you can either choose to return the purse or not, it's up to you.

Reward without returning the purse: $500
Reward with returning the purse: $50

Random Event: Designated Driver

You'll come across this random event just southwest of Trevor's safehouse (just west of the barber shop). A couple here will ask you to drive them back to their hotel as they are too wasted to drive.

Get in their car nearby and they'll get in after you. Now, from here you have the option of either taking them back to their hotel *or* of taking them to the Altruist Camp in the Chiliad Wilderness (which is now marked on your map with a giant "A").

The choice is yours and really just depends on how greedy/evil you are feeling I suppose. The Altruist Camp is quite a drive but the monetary difference is quite large as well.

Reward for returning the couple to the hotel: $80
Reward for handing the couple over to the Altruists: $2000

Random Event: Cop shoot-out

Now this one is interesting. You can come across this in Harmony, at the intersection of Route 68 and Senora Road. You'll likely come across it when you are first playing as Trevor.

Basically the cops are in a shoot-out with three robbers. The reason this is notable is because the robbers actually have two briefcases on them that are worth $5,000 each, which are our primary target here. However once you grab them you will automatically get a two-star wanted level (they are police evidence after all), so be ready to lose the heat!

Random Event: Altruist Attack

While driving on Baytree Canyon Road (south of the Harmony area), you can find a woman being attacked by two altruists. They will have her down on the ground and tell you it is not your problem.

Go ahead and cap them both. The woman will thank you and ask you to drive her home (which is a short drive to the north). For being so kind and saving her, she will reward you with $80.

Random Event: Gold-Cheating Husband

While driving on Wild Oats Drive in North Vinewood (what an appropriate street name), you will come across a wife throwing all of her husband's stuff out on the lawn. Stick around and listen to the arguement. Golf at midnight? Sure...

Afterward the man will ask you for a ride. Take him in and he'll ask you to drop him off at the Los Santos Golf Club. Go ahead and do so while you have a chat with him. Turns out he is cheating, just not during his golf time so his wife is wrong (but also right...). In the end you'll get a new contact to go play golf with.

Reward: Golf Contact: Oscar

Random Event: Hitchhiking Bride

While driving on Route 68 west of Harmony (around the 68 and Zancudo Grande Valley intersection), you may come across a bride in her wedding dress asking for a ride. Pick her up and she'll confide that there's no way that she can handle being married so she wants you to drop her off at her home.

However, the husband isn't about to let her get away, as he will come chasing after her soon. The easiest way to lose him is to stop and wait for him to get out of his vehicle since you can speed away, but honestly you should just try to barely outrun him so you can listen to all of the entertaining dialog that takes place between the bride and groom. You do lose your navigation though, so how long you wish to drive like that is up to you.

After dropping her off the bride will thank you and leave. No reward money for you! What the heck!? If you are playing as Trevor, you have the choice to take her to the Altruist Camp if you wish. This is a long trip but nets you a $1,000 payment. Given the fact that she doesn't pay crap it is a very attractive option.

Random Event: Burning Wreck

While driving on Route 13 on the very north side of Blaine County, you may come across a burning wreck with a woman lying down next to the freeway! Yikes! Stop by here and help her up. She will refuse hospitals and express gratitude that you got there before the cops. That of course reeks of, well... nefarious purposes, so naturally you guys have something in common. Listen to her story and take her to her safehouse at Sandy Shores. At the end, you'll have a new heist crew member!

Reward: Heist Member Unlocked: Taliana Martinez

Random Event: Security Van Collection

While driving near Paleto Bay (which is the very north side of the island), on the southeast side of Paleto Blvd, you may find a security van stopped. The guards are nearby and are in the process of collecting.

If you wish you can shoot them down (which gives you a two-star wanted level) and collect the briefcase they were handling. This should net you a tidy sum of money ($6,000+). From this location it is easy to head south into the woods and lose the cops: just be quick about it as they are on their way.

Random Event: Lost MC Robbery

While driving in Los Santos around the Hawhick Ave and Alta Street intersection you may hear a cry for help! A business owner has just been robbed by the Lost MC. Chase the van down; try and shoot out the tires to force it to a stop. Be ready to take out two lost members once you stop the van. One of them will drop the cash they stole from the business owner: $2,000. You can choose to return this or keep it for yourself from there depending on how generous you are feeling to your fellow man at the time. If you do return it, the business owner will give you a $200 reward.

Random Event: Street Hold-Up

Turns out you aren't the only criminal in the city! While near the Hawick Avenue and Power Street intersection (or, more precise, a little east from there down the Hawick Avenue road) you may encounter a lady getting robbed at gunpoint. Here the robber shows up on your radar as a hostile. You can choose to mind your own business here or take down the robber for the lady.

If you take down the robber, she will run away (and yell something about getting you tickets), so no reward for you. The robber has a gun and some petty cash on him.
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May 16th 2015 Guest
well...this helped a lot but i am not good with coordinates so it would be awesome if you could have added a small map under each one so people can look for it on the main menu because again as i said i am not good with coordinates and probably some people cant find them either. Thank you anyway
ID #557076
Jan 3rd 2015 Guest
There's also the random event where you find the Groom tied to a phone pole, and you have to get him and his pal to the church within 3 hours.

Or the one where the woman is being raped by some dude, where you kill him and his naked body lays there. And you drive her to somewhere in LS.
ID #495503
Dec 29th 2014 Guest
Hitchiking Inmate
Grand Senora Desert
Trail Between "Redwood Lights Track" and the "Los Santos Customs" just above the track.

*The trail is to the right of both locations.
ID #492059
Jul 9th 2014 Guest
For the person mentioning the Lost MC hitchhiker by the Sherrif's crashed car. The description was a little vague of the area it was located. I was trying to find this again after I let the guy get killed and couldn't find it but your description did help somewhat. If anyone else is looking for this it is directly South East of the Redwood Lights Track, just follow the first road to the right of where LS customs is, North of Redwood lights track, assuming you're looking at the map in the pause menu.
ID #415367
Apr 26th 2014 Guest
also the LOST MC pickup around the farm bordering sandy shores (it looks like a tree branch from a main road in the green south from sandy shores, you cant miss it) where a lost mc member ask for a ride while you are franklin and dispite a dead cop crashed in a tree you pick him up and after a while get two stars and do a good high speed chace. from there you can eather take him to the vinewood track clubhouse by avoiding the police station or turn him in. you get to hear of a history of gang wars and the lost crashing down . ( unheared of in previous games) and you may get respect from those crazy bikers (exept for trevor, they really want to kill him lol)
ID #379205
Feb 17th 2014 Guest
Or the escape prisoner that asks for a ride then shoots you
ID #355997
Feb 9th 2014 Guest
just discovered a random event where if you deliver enough people to the altruist camp, they force you inside and a gun battle ensues where you clear out the entire camp. Best part is, I found four briefcases in the camp with 25K a piece in them, armor and a rocket launcher. Pretty sweet.
ID #353439
Jan 21st 2014 Guest
Well u forgot the one where the girl is being buried and u have to save them and also the one where the guy works in Algonquin and he has to make his flight in an hour.
ID #346452
Nov 15th 2013 Guest
you missed the event from the briefcase where there's 3 guys on the floor and you take it then another guys come chasing you it's near the chiliad mountain near where the altruist cult is
ID #319714
Jul 29th 2015 Guest
Do you mean the 'No country for old men' look-a-like near the chumash plaza? It has four cars and $20,000 at the bottom of a hill next to an injured man threatening your life?
ID #591003
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