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Wanted man arrested over

vicious Maylands killings

Garry Edmund Brown - Maylands double murder suspect.

Detective Inspector Dave Bryson holds up a photo of Garry Edmund Brown who was taken into custody in relation to a double murder in Maylands earlier this morning.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested over the brutal murder of a couple in a Maylands unit early this morning after being released on bail three days earlier over an alleged aggravated robbery.

The vicious murder of Chris Stoodley, 36, and Jenni Garrett, 29, just after 6.30am today sparked a manhunt across Perth, with police scouring trains and the CBD for any sign of a man seen fleeing the property just after the incident occurred.

Less than two hours after the murder police disclosed the identity of 47-year-old Garry Edmund Brown as a person of interest in the double homicide.

Police have cordoned off Tenth Avenue in Maylands.
Police have cordoned off Tenth Avenue in Maylands. Photo: Lucy Rickard

Channel Nine reported Mr Stoodley and Ms Garrett both were repeatedly stabbed to death.

Earlier this week Mr Brown had been taken into custody after going to his father’s house, where he allegedly stole five licensed guns belonging to his elderly father, the Perth Magistrate’s Court heard.

He told the magistrate he had taken the guns because his father suffered from dementia and had used towels to conceal them as laundry when his daughter collected him from his father’s property.

8 Tenth Ave, Maylands, WA, Australia, 6051

He said he had also gone to the property to confront his father about being sexually molested at the age of 11.

Mr Brown was a self-confessed recovering heroin addict who had gotten “clean” on a methadone program while serving jail for four years, the court heard.

He was released in 2003 and said he was doing “everything right” ever since, even applying for an extraordinary driver’s licence so he wouldn’t be caught driving on a suspended licence.

The elderly man reported the alleged robbery and threats made against him by his son to police, who swooped in on an Ellenbrook address Mr Brown was living at with his daughter. The guns were seized and Mr Brown was arrested for one count of aggravated robbery and taken into custody.

When he faced the Magistrate’s Court on Monday he refused legal advice and insisted on applying for bail that morning, which was granted for $5000 and $5000 in surety to be paid by his sister who was in court.

Today, he was spotted by a member of the public and was taken into custody without incident at a Nollamara home about 9.40am.

Detective Inspector Dave Bryson from major crime squad described the murder scene as “gruesome” and said it was a brutal murder.

He said Mr Brown along with the two victims had spent the night at the unit, which was being rented to another man. This man was believed to have witnessed the murder, however he was not injured. He has been assisting police with their inquiries.

Detective Inspective Bryson said it was “very early days” and there was no known motive for the murders.

“It was very graphic, a very graphic scene,” he said.

“Early information that we’ve got is that they were all friends.

“All four people were at that address during the course of the night.”

Ambulance officers were called to a three-storey block of units on Tenth Avenue in Maylands just before 7am following reports of a serious assault.

Police arrived a short time later and cordoned off the street between Railway Parade and Coode Street. Officers have since been doorknocking for witnesses and all neighbours attempting to leave the street were interviewed by police.

Reports that the suspect was seen boarding a train at the nearby Maylands station forced the closure of the Midland line for about half an hour as police searched the station and several trains in the area.

The police helicopter and the police canine unit were called in to assist in tracking the suspect.

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