A 20-year-old Warnbro man has been arrested after an incident at Rockingham Shopping Centre this morning involving a machete.
Rockingham Detectives charged the man after receiving several reports of a man riding a motorcycle with a weapon strapped to his back.
It will be alleged police sighted the man in Waikiki and when he was directed to stop he accelerated away from police.
He travelled through several suburbs in the Rockingham and Kwinana areas and was observed by police air wing officers.
About 11:50am, the man abandoned his motorcycle at Rockingham Shopping Centre and went inside.
While running through the shopping centre the man threw his motorcycle helmet into a store and a machete into another store before being confronted by police and apprehended.
It is also alleged police found a meat cleaver in his waist band and an amount of drugs when searching the man.
The was been charged with reckless driving, failing to comply with a direction to stop, having no authority to drive, stealing a motor vehicle, cannabis and dexamphetamine possession, and being armed in a way which may cause fear.
He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow.