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Man armed

with gun and machete

terrorising northern suburbs

of Perth Western Australia

Lucy Rickard

March 3, 2011 – 12:01PM

Police are on the hunt for a man who terrorised seven people with a machete and gun during three separate occasions in Perth’s northern suburbs late last month.

One victim was left seriously injured in one of the attacks.

Detective First Class Constable Hannah Vialls from the Regional Investigations Unit said the man’s violent behaviour and clear aggression was of major concern to police, with seven victims all traumatised from the events.

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The first offence occurred about 2.50am on February 22 when a man entered Baker’s Delight in Merriwa armed with a handgun.

Detective Vialls said the man pointed the gun at three staff members, demanding money from the till and from the staff.

“The man forced two of the staff to lie on the ground and pointed the handgun at the head of the third employee, repeating his demands,” she said.

The man was not able to gain access to the till, and fled Merriwa Plaza in the direction of Baltimore Avenue.

Three days later on February 25, three youths were walking along Marmion Avenue in Butler about 10.15pm when they were approached by a man riding a dark mountain bike.

Detective Vialls said the man on the bike produced a machete and began threatening the group before pulling a handgun out of his drawstring bag, and pointing it at the trio.

The group fled but the man found them a short time later hiding in bushes on Staplehurst Crescent. He forced them out of the bushes at gunpoint and took several items from them before leaving on the bike.

The same night, between 10pm and 10.45pm, a man was walking through a park near Merriwa Primary School when a man jumped out of nearby bushes waving a machete over his head.

A scuffle broke out between the two and the victim sustained serious injuries to his hand and arm.

Detective Vialls said the description of the man is consistent across all three incidents: he was wearing black pants and a black hooded jumper with black gloves. He is described as being 175 to 180cm tall, with a slim build, brown eyes and dark eyebrows.

Detective Vialls said the victims in each of the attacks were left traumatised.

The handgun is described as being silver or chrome with a dark handle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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