Grand Theft Auto V Random Events Locations Guide

Grand Theft Auto V Random Events Locations Guide

Grand Theft Auto V Random Events Locations Guide reveals the exact locations of all events that occur in GTA 5, along with a map and hints that will allow you to complete them faster.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Random Events count if you intend to get 100% completion in GTA V; however, while there are 57 events, only 14 must be completed to achieve the 100% completion goal.

GTA 5 Random Events range from shootouts to races, and they occur in specific points. While the characters that trigger these events appear on specific locations, you will notice that you won’t be able to see them all the time.

In other words, a character that triggers a GTA V Random Event may appear only during the night, or while it’s raining. Furthermore not all playable characters (Franklin, Trevor or Michael) can complete a random event, because some of them require certain characters.

The following list includes all Random Events in GTA 5, and provides information on the characters required to finish them, as well as a series of strategies you can use to beat them.

Random Events Locations Guide

ATM Robberies

Characters Required: Michael/Trevor/Franklin

The GTA 5 ATM Robberies, marked on the map by an A, are random events that can be completed by all characters. To spot such an event, pay close attention to the scream of the victim, then look for a blue dot on your map.

Exit the car, shoot the robber and take the money ($500), then decide what to do with them. You can keep them, or you can return them to the victim who will give you $50 and will refill the meter of your special ability.

Altruist Cult Shootout

Characters Required: Trevor

The Altruist Cult Shootout event is available only to Trevor and it is marked on the map below by the letter C. To start the event you have to bring 4 hostages to the Altruist Camp on Mount Chiliad.

Once you are inside the camp, the Altruists will decide to eat Trevor. After you get the machine-gun, fight your way out but pay close attention because there is a hidden package on the porch of a house to your right, as you exit the camp.

Stag Do Running Man

Characters Required: Trevor/Michael/Franklin

Stag Do Running Man is a GTA 5 random event that occurs on Route 66. Look for a man in pink underwear who has been tied up to a pole. Untie the man, then drive back to his house and wait for him to get some clothes. Next, drive the groom’s car to the marked location on your map and pick up his best man.

Now, drive the same car to the church (also pointed on your map) and watch the bride slapping the groom. As a reward for this event you will receive the Enus Super Diamond car.

Sports Bike Thief

Characters Required:  Trevor/Michael/Franklin

The GTA V Sports Bike Thief random event occurs on North Rockford Drive, and can be completed by any character.

While exploring the area you will see a thief trying to steal a yellow sports bike. Chase him, but don’t try to shoot him.  Instead run over him and he will flee. Next, you can keep the Pegassi Bati 801 bike, or you can return it to its owner to increase your driving skill by 5.


Characters Required:  Trevor/Michael/Franklin

Grand Theft Auto 5 Snatched is a random event that occurs on South Mo Milton Drive. You can attempt to complete it with any character but it is preferably to play as Trevor.

In the said area you will see a lady who is being kidnapped and dragged inside a van. While remaining in your car, shoot the tires, and then the enemies that appear, but don’t kill the woman. Next, the victim will ask you to take her back home. On your way to her house you will be attacked by more enemies.

Kill them and return to your car. At this point you have to make an important decision. You can help the victim and take her back to her house, or you can opt to drive to the Altruist Camp on Mount Chiliad and give her to the cannibal Altruists.

No matter what you choose, you won’t get any reward for this event.

Simeon Yetarian

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin

Simeon Yetarian is an event you will probably complete automatically at the beginning of the game. The event takes place on Adam’s Apple Boulevard when you crash your car in Simeon’s store.

Once you complete this part of the mission you will fight Simeon’s bodyguards, and how you deal with them is up to you. You can beat the first, near the door, and shoot the second, or you can beat both of them.

Shop Robbery 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The first GTA V Shop Robbery takes place at the beauty shop on Eastbourne Way. It is similar to the second event, but this time the thieves will use a van to escape; therefore, make sure you kill the driver.

Once you stop the car, pick up the money and keep them, because the owner of the saloon won’t give you a reward.

Shop Robbery 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The GTA 5 random events include two shop robberies, the second one being on Prosperity Street Promenade. When you enter the Suburban Store on the said street you will assist a robbery, and you will end up on your knees.

After the thieves leave the store, equip one of your weapons and kill both of them quickly. Pick up the money they took ($2000) and decide what you want to do with them.

You can keep them, or return them to the store to get a 25% discount on the items you purchase from this location.

Security Vans

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The V letter on the map below marks the locations of all GTA 5 security vans you can rob in the video game, or the routes they usually follow. When robbing a security van in GTA V, you will need to stop it (if it’s moving) in order to remove the money inside.

For robbing a Grand Theft Auto 5 Security Van you will usually earn between $3000 and $8000. Since these vehicles are bulletproof, the easiest way to stop a moving security van is to shoot its tires. To pick up the money inside the van, shoot the center of the back doors, or use a sticky bomb. T

here are 9 Security Vans you can rob in Grand Theft Auto V, and they also count as Random Events.

Rogue Altruists

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin

The GTA 5 Rogue Altruists event occurs in Grand Senora Desert on Baytree Canyon Road. It can be completed only by Franklin or Michael who must save a woman from the Altruists who try to kill her.

Shoot the Altruists, then take the woman back to her house and you will be rewarded with $80.

Prisoner Lift 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin

Explore Grand Senora Desert as Michael or Franklin and you will eventually find a police car who was involved in an accident.

Next to the car, is a prisoner who asks you to take him back to his clubhouse. Allow him to enter your car and drive to the marked position on your map, in order to finish the first Prisoner Lift event in GTA 5.

As a reward, your character’s driving skill will be increased by 3.

Prisoner Lift 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin

Also in Grand Senora Desert and also if you play as Franklin or Michael, you will find a prisoner wearing an orange costume. Slow down to see what he wants and he will pull out a gun.

Shoot him down to complete the second GTA V Prisoner Lift event.

Mugging 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The first Mugging event is triggered if you explore Chamberlain Hill. It is another wallet-robbery, so all you have to do is to kill the robber and pick up the wallet.

Keep it because the reward is $20, while inside the wallet you will find $200.

Mugging 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The second Mugging event takes place close to Meteor Street where a thief threatens his victim using a gun. While maintaining a safe distance, snipe the criminal to save the victim.

There are no rewards for this event.

Mugging 3

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

While playing as any character, drive on Vespuci Boulevard and you will see a lady being robbed.

The thief takes her purse and runs away. Follow him and hit him with your car. If he is still alive, shoot him and recover the wallet to complete the third  GTA 5 Mugging event.

You should keep the wallet because it has $2000 inside, while the reward offered by the woman is $200.

Luring Girl Into Alley

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The event occurs while driving on Supply Street, where a lady asks for your help. She claims that her boyfriend is injured, but in fact he will ambush you.

To complete the event, follow the woman as she leads you upstairs and make sure you don’t draw your weapon before she does.

As soon as she has the weapon in her hands, kill her and then her boyfriend who rushes in.

Hitch Lift 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The first hitchhiker is an important character because after you help him, you can make some money. His location is on Ineseno Road in the Banham Canyon.

Locate a car with its hood raised and talk to the driver. The businessman has to reach the airport as soon as possible and he will ask for your help. Try to get to the marked location on your map, in less than 2:20 minutes and the hitchhiker will give you a tip regarding the Tinkle Company.

On your phone, access Bawsaq and invest some money in Tinkle, the moment you complete the mission.

Additionally, you will get $100, and the driving skill increases by 5 points.

Hitch Lift 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The second hitchhiker is Ursula who can be found by all characters close to Mount Chiliad, while driving on North Calafia Way.

After you pick her up, you can opt to take her to the Altruist Camp (only as Trevor), or you can drive to her house and get 5 points on your driving skill as well as her phone number. It is a booty call number you can use later in the game.

Hitch Lift 3

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The third GTA 5 hitchhiker can be found if you drive on East Joshua Road. It is a woman who asks you to pick her up and take her to Vinewood Hills, where her boyfriend is located.

After you pick her up, you have to decide if you want to take her to the Altruist Camp (Trevor only), or if you wish to fulfill her request.

The second option will lead to a fight with her jealous boyfriend and a guard. You can shoot them if you want, or try to fistfight them. At the end of the mission, 5 points are added to your driving skill.

Hitch Lift 4

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

If you drive close to Great Chaparral you should see a bride who asks you to help her. When she gets into your car, you will be asked to drive her home, because she decided not to get married. On your way back, her boyfriend will ram your vehicle.

Pull over and when he gets down, use your fists to knock him down.

Don’t shoot him because you will fail the mission. Now, get back to your car and decide what you want to do with your victim, because if you play as Trevor you can take her to the Altruist Camp.

If not, once you reach her house, the mission ends and your driving ability will be increased by 5.

Gateway Driver

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The Gateway Driver random event  takes place at the intersection of Strawberry Ave. and Forum Drive, in a parking lot. As you approach the marked spot, you will assist a robbery, and you have to make several decisions that will affect how the mission unfolds.

You can help the victim, which is not a good idea since you won’t get any rewards, or you can help the robbers and earn $1.000. If you follow this path, get into your car and wait for the robbers to get inside. Next, drive to their house but make sure you lose the cops that follow you.

Alternatively if you play as Trevor, you can deliver the robbers to the Altruist Camp. If you don’t wish to take the victims to mount Chiliad, after you get to their house you will unlock a new member for your gang, named Packie McReary.

Packie is a character from Grand Theft Auto 4.

Gang Intimidation

Characters Required:  Michael/Trevor

Gang Intimidation is an event available only to Trevor or Michael and occurs in El Burro Heights, where you will spot a woman asking for your help. Follow her but draw your weapon because you will be ambushed.

Kill the robbers quickly and get the money they drop.

Escape Paparazzi

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

On Vinewood Boulevard, if you play as any of the characters in GTA 5, you will spot a blonde actress who asks you to help her. The movie star is followed by paparazzi and she will give you $750 to lose them.

The procedure is similar to the one you use to escape the cops; however, you can also take the actress to the Altruist Camp, if you play as Trevor.

While escaping the paparazzi you are not allowed to kill them.

Drunk Driver 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The first GTA 5 Drunk Driver event is similar to the second, but your clients are two drunks who need a ride back home. They are located next to La Spada restaurant in La Puerta.

Talk to them and then take them home carefully, or they will puke in the car. If you wish, you can also deliver them to the Altruists, but only if you play as Trevor.

Drunk Driver 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The second Drunk Driver event you can complete in GTA 5 takes place on Armadillo Avenue, and can be completed by all characters. On the said street you will see a couple in front of a restaurant. Talk to them and you will be asked to take them home using their car.

You will also be offered several shots of whiskey that will blur your vision. Your goal is to drive both passengers back to their house for $80. If you play as Trevor, you can also opt to deliver the couple to the Altruist Camp.

Additionally, Trevor will ask them if he can join the party that takes place on the backseat of the car.

Drug Shootout

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The Grand Theft Auto V Drug Shootout random event is extremely important because you will have the chance to earn a large amount of money. Close to mount Chiliad is a Weed Farm you can raid.

Practically, all you have to do in this event is to kill all opponents in the area, then pick up the money marked on your map by a green dot. For raiding this location you can get between $40.000 and $100.000.

The farm becomes available for another raid after several weeks, so make sure you return to this location as often as you can.


Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

On Wild Oats Drive, in Vinewood Hills you will assist a new random event that involves a couple arguing in front of their house. While the husband is outside, his wife yells at him from the balcony.

The event starts when you pick up the husband, and ends after you take him to Los Santos Golf Club.

The reward for the Domestic event is $80, but Castro, will become your friend and you can play golf with him.

Deal Gone Wrong

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The Deal Gone Wrong event also has a big payout and you can start it close to Mount Chiliad Wilderness. In the area marked on the map you will see multiple trucks and corpses on the ground. As you reach the location, several dots will appear on your map. Visit them because not all victims are dead.

One of them will talk to you before dying, and close to its body you will see a briefcase containing $25.000. Take the money and leave the area, but stay alert because you will be attacked by a gang.

Kill all of them to complete the event.

Countryside Robbery

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

For completing the Countryside Robbery event in GTA 5 you can earn up to $10.000 if you help the cops that try to stop a group of thieves.

The event occurs on Route 68, and can be completed by all characters. When you spot the motel in front of which the cops fight the robbers, drive close to it and exit your car.

Wait for the first robber to get shot by the cops, and pick up the money he drops, then kill the second one and get the briefcase.

Next, get back in your car and drive away to escape the cops that try to follow you.

Countryside Gang Fight

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin

The Countryside Gang Fight random event takes place on Marina Drive where a dealer is being robbed. To finish the event, shoot the robbers, then follow the dealer who will take you to a gang.

Shoot all gang members marked on your minimap and don’t forget to pick up the weapons they drop.

Construction Accident

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The Construction Accident event in GTA 5 requires your presence on Calais Avenue where some pipes are dropped by a crane. The event increases your character’s driving skill by 2.

To finish it, you have to use the forklift nearby to push the pipes away from the car on which they have fallen. Move as quickly as you can because an explosion will take place killing the driver and sending you to the hospital.

Crash Rescue

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

While driving on Senora Freeway you will spot an accident that you should investigate. Close to the crashed car you will find a woman who asks you to help her reach her house.

Enter your car and she will follow you, then drive to the marked location on your map. Once you reach the destination you will find out that the woman’s name is Taliana Martinez and she wishes to join your gang.

Chase Thieves Country 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

On Grapeseed Main Street you will assist another robbery and you have the chance to earn $250 by stopping it. To complete the event faster, shoot the driver of the van used by robbers, and then kill the remaining members of the gang.

Look for a wallet on the ground but don’t return it to the owner because he only gives you $25.

Chase Thieves Country 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The second country robbery takes place on Route 68, where a van full of thieves, steal another wallet. Follow their van and get close to it so you can shoot the driver, then kill all gang members.

Be quick and take cover because more gang members appear. Kill them too , then pick up the wallet on the ground and leave if you want to keep the money ($120), or return it to its owner for $12.

Chase Thieves City 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

Chase Thieves City 1 is an event similar to the next two events in the guide. It starts on Hawick Avenue where four thieves try to run away in a black van.

Follow it and shoot the tires or the driver to stop the van. Next, kill all gang members and keep the wallet instead of returning it to its owner, if you wish to earn more money.

Chase Thieves City 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

Chase Thieves City 2 is similar to the previous event and it takes place on San Andreas Avenue.

The thief uses a bike so make sure to take him down from the vehicle to finish the event faster. Again, keep the money.

Car Thief 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The first GTA 5 Car Thief event can be played as any character and it occurs on Great Ocean Highway. Look for a pink car and follow it.

To stop it, try to kill the driver; but if it’s too hard try to damage the car until the driver stops. When the driver steps out, kill him or he will start shooting. Now, enter the car you stopped and take it to its owner.

Completing this random event will increase your driving skill by 5 points.

Car Thief 2

Characters Required:  Michael

The second GTA V Car Thief event can be played only by Michael and starts near the airport where a driver is pulled out from his car by a thief.

Again, you have to chase down the stolen car and damage it until the driver stops. Alternatively, you can kill the driver during the chase. Once you recover the vehicle take it back to Saeeda Kadam and Michael will earn 5 points on his driving skill.

Later Saeeda Kadam will also send you a gift, representing a suit.

Abandoned Vehicle 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The Abandoned Vehicle 1 event should be played as Trevor because he is the only character capable to stop a strange character located close to the Smoke Tree Road.

As soon as you stop near the said character you will be attacked with a stun gun and you will end up naked on the rail tracks; therefore, switch to Trevor and once you get to the marked location, exit the car and activate his ability. Shoot the attacker to complete the event.

Abandoned Vehicle 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

Unlike the previous event, the Abandoned Vehicle 2 can be played by any character. Travel to the Wind Farm Road and look for an RV.

The moment you get close to the vehicle, the rednecks inside attack you, so take them out. There is no reward for this event.

Arrest 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

In Grapeseed area you might see a police officer chasing a criminal. If you enter the event you have two options: help the criminal or help officer Lewis.

If you decide to help the criminal, you will get $250 and a three-stars wanted level, but if you decide to help Lewis and shoot the criminal, you won’t get any money and you will still get a two-star wanted level. In both cases, once you kill your target leave the area as soon as you can.

Arrest 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The second Arrest in GTA 5 is similar to the previous one, meaning that you have to make a choice and stick to it.

The only difference is that the event occurs on Senora Freeway.

Bike Thief 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

On Little Bighorn Avenue you can trigger another GTA V random event which involves a stolen bike. The thief is marked by a red dot on your map, so follow it and take him out.

Next, take the bike back to its owner and your character’s stamina will be increased by 3. The owner also gives you some shares you can sell for $100.000.

Bike Thief 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

To further increase your character’s stamina drive on Bridge Street in Hawick and locate another thief that tries to steal a bike.

As in the previous mission, take him out and take the bike back to his owner.

Border Patrol 1

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The first Border Patrol random event is triggered while driving on Mt. Haan Road, by three rednecks on off-road vehicles who ask you to pull over.

If you do, the rednecks will shoot you, so it is better to kill them while inside your car, and then exit and pick up the money they dropped.

Border Patrol 2

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The second Border Patrol GTA 5 event is similar to the first one, but it takes place while exploring Tataviam Mountains.

Again, shoot the rednecks while inside the vehicle then loot their corpses.

Border Patrol 3

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

For the final Border Patrol event you have to drive Raton Canyon where more rednecks start yelling at you, asking to pull over.

The strategy you have used to complete the previous two assignments will work on them as well.


Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

In Paleto Bay, you might encounter a strange couple trying to bury a woman who seems to be alive. The Burial Event can be completed faster by driving close to the couple and shoot them while inside the car.

After both of them are dead, save the woman and drive back to her bodyguards. If you do so, her father will wire $60.000 to your back account.

Alternatively, you can play as Trevor and take the woman to the Altruist Camp.

Bus Tour

Characters Required:  Michael/Franklin/Trevor

The Bus Tour random event in GTA 5 is an entertaining event that allows you to visit the most important areas in Los Santos.

Travel to Downtown Vinewood and locate the Alta Street, looking for a blue bus. Enter the bus and enjoy the tour to complete the event.

Grand Theft Auto V Random Events Locations Guide

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