Man injured in Bassendean ambush

A GOOD Samaritan act by a Bassendean resident has left him with a crushed larynx and oesophagus and coughing up cartilage.

The 25-year-old, who did not want to be named out of fear for his safety, was driving home from a late shift at work on Sunday, October 11, when a fellow motorist flagged him down on Culworth Road, Bassendean.

The man stopped to help but was viciously attacked.

“The man was parked near the park and flagged me down so I stopped and wound my window down and he asked for help,” the man said.

“I got out and walked to his car and we spoke for a few moments and, before I knew it, I was on the ground getting choked.

“It was hard to breathe.”

The victim said the attack went on and he was threatened.

“He kept demanding my wallet and asked me where I lived and I said I didn’t have my wallet; when I called out for help, he let go of me and took off in his car,” the man said.

“I didn’t want to hit him because I didn’t know if he would hit me back and it might have made it worse. I got in my car and chased him but I lost him.”

The man said he received a crushed larynx and oesophagus from the attack and was left traumatised.

“I can’t sleep in my own bed anymore, I check the doors are locked five times, I am traumatised,” he said.

He warned other motorists about helping people on the roads.

“Be careful; don’t get out of your car, offer to call for assistance,” he said.

“I am just afraid this could happen to someone smaller than me or someone older.”

Kiara Senior Sergeant Ian North said the offender was described as being 25-26 years old, large build, about 183cm tall and dark skin.

“He was wearing black T-shirt, black pants and a black cap with white text on the front. His vehicle was described as a red coloured Mitsubishi Magna,” he said.

Sgt North said no other similar incidents had been reported to police.

He echoed the victim’s advice about helping other motorists.

“Pull up, don’t get out of the car and wind the window down slightly to inquire if the person needs some help,” he said.

Anyone with information should call police on 9376 7000.