Police charge homeless man over Perth CBD machete incident

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DETECTIVES have charged a homeless man over allegations he threatened people with a machete in the Perth CBD yesterday.

Police claim the man was walking near Barrack and Wellington Streets yesterday morning at 10.20am, carrying a machete.

They attempted to arrest him before he ran away, allegedly trying to get into several cars stopped at the intersection.

Police say members of the public also tried to stop the man.

He ran from the area and went into a fast food restaurant near the corner of Barrack Street and Murray Street.

He then allegedly grabbed a 23-year-old female staff member, threatening her with the machete.

Police tasered the man and he was arrested.

He was charged with being armed in a way that may cause fear, carrying a controlled weapon and making threats to kill.

The 43-year-old man will appear before Perth Magistrates Court today.