Fish and chip store owner talks about vicious carjacking

Willagee Fish and Chip owner James Loh.
Willagee Fish and Chip owner James Loh.

THE 70-year-old victim of a vicious carjacking outside of his Willagee fish and chip shop says he will not add more security outside his business despite the horrific incident.

Willagee Fish and Chips owner James Loh suffered grazes to his arm and cuts to his face after he was bashed by a man who then stole his car.

The incident happened just before 9pm on Tuesday, October 22 on Archibald Street, as Mr Loh closed up for the night.

Vision of the incident was captured from CCTV cameras at the shop next to his and police are hopeful that it will help someone identify the culprit or locate the stolen grey 2015 model Subaru Forester with the registration 1EUK 555, which has not been recovered.

Mr Loh said with CCTV cameras at the shop next to his, there was no point in installing cameras at his store.

“Everything I could shoot from my side, they are shooting from their side,” he said.

“We would see the same thing, so there’s no point.”

James Loh.

Mr Loh has owned the fish and chip store for 18 years and said nothing like the attack had ever happened.

“The customers are very friendly, people have come in with flowers and to say hello to us,” he said.

“I think the person (culprit) is not from here, if they know me then they wouldn’t do that.

“My body is okay, my hand is a bit swollen and I had an x-ray for my head but there’s nothing wrong.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.