Random Events in Grand Theft Auto V are small missions that are scattered throughout San Andreas where you can choose to help or hinder a bystander. You can find these random events anywhere and they will appear as a dot on your mini map when you are close to one. A red dot means that it is a hostile encounter, a blue dot meaning a non-hostile encounter and a flashing dot means that the player has the choice to help or hinder the bystander.

Some random events are only available to be completed once, whereas others can be completed an unlimited amount of times, such as robberies at ATMs, muggings, shootouts etc. We have categorised the different types of random events you may stumble upon with GTA V which you can find below.

Abandoned Vehicles

Location and Characters Description Reward
Smoke Tree Road, Grand Senora Desert

A BF Surfer van is on a dirt road near the Sandy Shores airfield, as the character approaches the vehicle a man appears and stuns him. The character has a black out and wakes up wearing only their underwear on a rail track with train approaching him. If you are Trevor, you can activate his special ability and shoot the man to which he responds that he was “just playing”. None.
RON Alternates Wind Farm, Blaine County

The character finds a Zirconium Journey parked on a dirt road within the wind farm, inside the vehicle there are several male rednecks having sex inside it. If they are disturbed then they will leave the vehicle and try to shoot the character. None.

Arrests

Location and Characters Description Reward
Grapeseed, Blaine County.

The character finds a cop chasing a criminal, they get the choice of shooting the criminal’s leg therefore helping the cop or killing the cop therefore helping the criminal. $250 and 2 Wanted Stars for helping the criminal.
Senora Freeway, Blaine County.

The character finds Ranger Lewis chasing a criminal, they get the choice of shooting the criminal’s leg therefore helping the cop or killing the cop therefore helping the criminal. $250 and 2 Wanted Stars for helping the criminal.

ATM Robberies

Location and Characters Description Reward
Any ATM within San Andreas.

A criminal will steal a wallet from a civilian who is withdrawing money from an ATM, the character needs to chase down the criminal and get the wallet back for themselves or for the civilian. If you keep the wallet, you can receive between $500 – $2000. If you return the wallet, you receive 10% of the wallet’s amount.

Bicycle Theft

Location and Characters Description Reward
Little Bighorn Avenue, Rancho.

A criminal will steal a civilian’s bicycle, the character needs to chase down the criminal and return the bicycle to the civilian. +3 Stamina statistic and an email from the civilian stating he has placed $100k in Animal Ark stocks on the LCN Exchange for both of you.
Bridge Street, Hawick.

A criminal will steal a civilian’s bicycle, the character needs to chase down the criminal and return the bicycle to the civilian. +3 Stamina statistic.

Border Patrols

Location and Characters Description Reward
Mount Haan Road, Grand Senora Desert

A group of Rednecks ambush the character in motorcycles thinking that he is a foreigner to which the character kills them all. Up to $700 in money drops.
Tataviam Mountains, Los Santos

A group of Rednecks ambush the character in motorcycles thinking that he is a foreigner to which the character kills them all. Up to $700 in money drops.
Raton Canyon, Blaine County

A group of Rednecks ambush the character in motorcycles thinking that he is a foreigner to which the character kills them all. Up to $700 in money drops.

Burial

Location and Characters Description Reward
Bridge Street, Hawick.

Two men are attempting to bury a woman alive, the character needs to kill the two men and drive the woman to her destination. $600 from the two men and $60,000 from the woman.

If you are playing as Trevor, you can drive the woman to the Altruist Cult instead. However you will only receive $1,000.

Bus Tour

Location and Characters Description Reward
Alta Street, Downtown Vinewood

Complete a tour ride around the city of Los Santos. None.

Car Theft

Location and Characters Description Reward
Great Ocean Highway, North Chumash

A criminal will steal a civilian’s car, the character needs to chase down the criminal and return the car to the civilian. A pink Vapid Peyote or +5 driving skill.
Exceptionalists Way, Los Santos International Airport

A criminal will steal a civilian’s car, the character needs to chase down the criminal and return the car to the civilian. A dark red modified Obey Rocoto or +5 driving skill and an email from the woman saying she has delivered a luxury suit to the character’s wardrobe.

Chase Thieves City

Location and Characters Description Reward
Hawick Avenue, Hawick

Members of The Lost group will steal the takings of a store and escape in a van, the character needs to chase them down and kill them. If you keep the money, you will receive $2000. If you return the money, you will receive $200 and a further $452 if you kill the victim afterwards.
San Andreas Avenue, Textile City

Members of The Lost group will steal a wallet from a civilian and escape on motorcycles, the character needs to chase them down and kill them. If you keep the wallet, you will receive $500. If you return the wallet, you will receive $50 and a further $91 if you kill the victim afterwards.

Chase Thieves Country

Location and Characters Description Reward
Grapeseed Main Street, Grapeseed

Members of The Lost group will steal the takings of a store and escape in a van, the character needs to chase them down and kill them. If you keep the money, you will receive $250. If you return the money, you will receive $25 and a further $76 if you kill the victim afterwards.
Route 68, Grand Senora Desert

Members of The Lost group will steal the takings of a store and escape in a van, the character needs to chase them down and kill them. If you keep the money, you will receive $120. If you return the money, you will receive $12 and a further $30 if you kill the victim afterwards.

Construction Accident

Location and Characters Description Reward
Calais Avenue, Little Seoul

A construction worker is trapped inside a Utility Truck after pipes have fell on the truck and blocked the doors. The character needs to use a Dozer to push the pipes allowing the worker to escape before the truck explodes. +2 Driving statistic.

Countryside Gang Fight

Location and Characters Description Reward
Marina Drive, Alamo Sea

A man is in the middle of a shoot out with members of The Lost MC gang. After the character has saved him from the shoot out, more The Lost MC members will appear in motorcycles, your character needs to kill them all and wait until the man leaves his vehicle. $1,000.

Countryside Robbery

Location and Characters Description Reward
Route 68, Harmony

A gang of criminals are in the middle of a shoot out with the cops, your character will have two options. Option 1 is to wait until all of the criminals are killed by the cops and steal the two briefcases, or option 2 is to kill the cops and grab just one brief case. The character will receive wanted levels with both choice which they need to loose. $10k and 2 Wanted Stars for stealing two briefcases or $5,000 and 3 Wanted Stars for stealing one briefcase.

Crash Rescue

Location and Characters Description Reward
Great Ocean Highway, Mount Chiliad

The character finds a woman who is the only survivor of a car crash, the character needs to drive her to her destination. Unlocks Taliana Martinez, a driver for any heist.

This Random Event is only available after you have completed the mission The Jewel Store Job.

Deal Gone Wrong

Location and Characters Description Reward
Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness, Blaine County

The character finds a group of dead gangsters who died during a shoot out over a drug deal, one of the gangsters will talk about a briefcase located at the bottom of the hill before he dies. The character grabs the briefcase and leaves the area, shortly afterwards the character needs to kill a group of criminals who will attempt to take the briefcase. $25k from the briefcase and $1,000 from the group of criminals.

If you leave on foot, a group of criminals will not appear.

Domestic

Location and Characters Description Reward
Didion Drive, Vinewood Hills

The character finds a man being thrown out of his house by his wife, the character needs to drive him to where he wants to go. $80 and a new golf opponent.

Drug Shootout

Location and Characters Description Reward
Mount Chiliad, Blaine County

Treevor finds a group of bandits protecting a small drug farm, he needs to kill all of them and steal a briefcase located inside the warehouse. $10k – $100k.

This Random Event will show up as a marijuana leaf on the map and not the usual blue and red dot.

Drunk Drivers

Location and Characters Description Reward
Aguja Street, La Puerta

The character finds a man attempting to take his drunk friend home, the character needs to drive him to his home in Alta Place, Hawick. $80.
Armadillo Avenue, Sandy Shores

The character finds a drunk couple trying to get to a motel, the character needs to drive them to the motel. $40.

Escape Paparazzi

Location and Characters Description Reward
Vinewood Boulevard, Downtown Vinewood

The character finds a celebrity being surrounded by paparazzi and she asks for your help, the character needs to find a vehicle, lose the paparazzi and take her home. $750.

Gang Intimidation

Location and Characters Description Reward
El Rancho Boulevard, El Burro Heights

The character finds a woman asking for help and follows her only to realize that it is an ambush by a group of criminals. The character needs to kill all of the criminals. $200 -$500 in money drops.
Fudge Lane, El Burro Heights

The character finds a woman asking for help and follows her only to realize that it is an ambush by a group of criminals. The character needs to kill all of the criminals. $200 -$500 in money drops.

Getaway Driver

Location and Characters Description Reward
Strawberry Avenue, Strawberry

The character finds two criminals trying to find a vehicle to escape after they have just robbed a drug store. The character can either help them and take the criminals to their destination or kill them both. If you help the criminals, you will receive $1,000 and character Packie McReary to use as a gunman in heist missions. If you kill the criminals, you will receive $800 – $2k in dropped money from each criminal.
Forum Drive, Strawberry

The character finds two criminals trying to find a vehicle to escape after they have just robbed a drug store. The character can either help them and take the criminals to their destination or kill them both. If you help the criminals, you will receive $1,000 and character Packie McReary to use as a gunman in heist missions. If you kill the criminals, you will receive $800 – $2k in dropped money from each criminal.

Hitch Lifts

Location and Characters Description Reward
Ineseno Road, Banham Canyon

The character finds a man at the side of the Great Ocean Highway with a broken car, the character needs to take him to his destination in 5 in-game hours. +5 Driving statistic and $100. The man will also give you a tip about the Tinkle stocks, this can be used to make a 30% profit on BAWSAQ.
North Calafia Way, Mount Chiliad

The character finds a woman with a broken car, the character needs to take her to her house. +5 Driving statistic and a new Booty Call option.
East Joshua Road, Blaine County

The character finds a woman with a broken car, the character needs to take her to her house. +5 Driving statistic.
San Chianski Mountain Range, Blaine County

The character finds a woman with a broken car, the character needs to take her to her house. +5 Driving statistic.
Route 68, Great Chaparral

The character finds a bride running away from her wedding, she asks the character to drive her to her house. The character will get attacked by the groom whilst he is driving, he can either lose him out of sight or physically assault him and continue to take the bride to her house. +5 Driving statistic.

Luring Girl Into Alley

Location and Characters Description Reward
Supply Street, La Mesa

The character finds a woman asking for help and follows her only to realize that it is an ambush by herself and another man. The character needs to kill both of them. $10 – $50 in money drops.

Mugging

Location and Characters Description Reward
Chamberlain Hills, Strawberry Avenue

A criminal will steal a wallet from a civilian, the character needs to chase down the criminal and get the wallet back for themselves or for the civilian. If you keep the wallet, you will receive $200. If you return the wallet, you will receive $20 and a further $91 if you kill the victim afterwards.
Meteor Street, Hawick

A criminal is assaulting a woman in an alley, the character needs to kill him before he kills the woman. None.
Vespucci Boulevard, Pillbox Hill

A criminal will steal a wallet from a civilian, the character needs to chase down the criminal and get the wallet back for themselves or for the civilian. If you keep the wallet, you will receive $2,000. If you return the wallet, you will receive $200 and a further $390 if you kill the victim afterwards.

Prisoner Lifts

Location and Characters Description Reward
Bolingbroke Penitentiary, Grand Senora Desert

The character finds a criminal asking for a ride, the character needs to lose the cops and drive him to his destination. +3 Driving statistic.
Bolingbroke Penitentiary, Grand Senora Desert

The character finds a criminal asking for a ride, but is ambushed and gets their vehicle stolen. The character needs to kill the criminal before he escapes. None.

Rogue Altruists

Location and Characters Description Reward
Baytree Canyon Road, Grand Senora Desert

The character finds a woman being attacked by members of the Altruist Crult, the character needs to kill the members and drive the woman to her house. $80.

Shop Robberies

Location and Characters Description Reward
Eastbourne Way, Rockford Hills

The character enters the Bob Mulét Barber Shop to find that is it being robbed, he waits until the criminals leave the store and goes after them. The character kills the criminals and can either keep the bag of money for themselves or return it to the store. If you keep the money, you will receive $2000. If you return the money, you will receive a free haircut.
Prosperity Street Promenade, Del Perro

The character enters the Suburban clothing store to find that is it being robbed, he waits until the criminals leave the store and goes after them. The character kills the criminals and can either keep the bag of money for themselves or return it to the store. If you keep the money, you will receive $2000. If you return the money, you will receive 25% off your next purchase.

Simeon Yaterian

Location and Characters Description Reward
Adam’s Apple Boulevard, Strawberry

The character enters the Premium Deluxe Motorsport who is noticed by Simeon and he sends gunman to kill him, the character kills all of the gunman who are after him. None.
Power Street, Strawberry

The character enters the Premium Deluxe Motorsport who is noticed by Simeon and he sends gunman to kill him, the character kills all of the gunman who are after him. None.

This Random Event is only available between the missions Friend Request and The Jewel Store Job.

Snatched

Location and Characters Description Reward
South Mo Milton Drive, Vinewood Hills

The character finds a woman being kidnapped by members of The Lost MC. The character needs to kill the gang members and driver her to her destination whilst killing more gang members along the way. None.

Sport Bike Thief

Location and Characters Description Reward
North Rockford Drive, Richman

The character finds a criminal stealing a sports bike from a civilian, the character needs to chase the criminal and get the bike back for themselves or for the civilian. If you keep the bike, you will receive a Pegassi Bati 800. If you return the wallet, you will receive +5 Driving statistic.

Security Vans

Location and Characters Description Reward
La Puerta, Los Santos

The character finds a security van parked in a gas station, he needs to approach the van and quickly kill the guard before he puts the briefcase in the van. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.
Little Seoul, Los Santos

The character finds a security van parked next to the Lucky Plucker restaurant, he needs to approach the van and quickly kill the guard before he puts the briefcase in the van. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.
Paleto Bay, Blaine County

The character finds a security van parked west of Paleto Boulevard, he needs to approach the van and quickly kill the guard before he puts the briefcase in the van. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.
Little Seoul, Los Santos

The character finds a security van parked in a small parking lot, he needs to approach the van and quickly kill the guard before he puts the briefcase in the van. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.
Vespucci Canals, Los Santos

The character finds a security van driving north up Prosperity Street, he needs to approach the van, attach a sticky bomb to the back doors and blow them open. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.
Little Seoul, Los Santos

The character finds a security van driving east along San Andreas Avenue, near the Hit ‘n’ Run Coffee, he needs to approach the van, attach a sticky bomb to the back doors and blow them open. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.
Tongva Hills, Blaine County

The character finds a security van driving south along the Great Ocean Highway, he needs to approach the van, attach a sticky bomb to the back doors and blow them open. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.
Cypress Flats, El Rancho Boulevard

The character finds a security van driving west along El Rancho Boulevard, near Orchardville Avenue, he needs to approach the van, attach a sticky bomb to the back doors and blow them open. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.
La Mesa, Supply Street

The character finds a security van driving west along south along Supply Street, near Popular Street, near Orchardville Avenue, he needs to approach the van, attach a sticky bomb to the back doors and blow them open. Afterwards, the character needs to steal the briefcase and lose the cops. $3k – $8k.

Stag Do Running Man

Location and Characters Description Reward
Route 68, Great Chaparral

The character finds a groom tied to an electric post at the side of the road. The character needs to free him and drive him to his house, lastly he then needs to go to the Hookies bar and to his wedding in Paleto Bay all in under 5 in-game hours. An Enus Super Diamond.

Exclusive Random Events for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Duel

Location and Characters Description Reward
Route 68, Grand Senora Desert

The character finds a Duke O’Death parked near a gas station by the Los Santos Customs. The characters needs to take the car and kill the gang of rednecks who try to kill him or escape them. Two Duke O’ Deaths that will spawn on the map, one located in El Burro Heights and the other located in the Grand Senora Desert.

This Random Event is only available after you have completed the mission Pulling Favors.

Monkey Mosaic

Location and Characters Description Reward
Los Santos Customs, Burton

The character quietly approaches the street artist who is painting a mosaic on the wall. The character needs to get close enough without spooking him to take a photograph of him. The Go Go Monkey Blista will be available in all the character’s garages, after the character receives a text from the Space Monkey company, who thank the charater for photographing the mosaics.

This needs to be done fifty times to complete the Random Event.

Sea Plane

Location and Characters Description Reward
A cove, east of RON Alternates Wind Farm

The characters finds a Dodo Seaplane inside a cave. The character needs to take the plane after killing the gangsters that are guarding the plane and the gangsters that appear once he is inside the plane. Two Duke O’ Deaths that will spawn on the map, one located in Vinewood Hills and the other located in Galilee, Alamo Sea.

This Random Event is only available after you have completed the mission Nervous Ron.

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