FORENSIC investigators’ discovery of blood on a shattered fish tank led police to charge a man over a machete attack in an Alkimos home invasion.
Officers have accused the 28-year-old Gosnells man of slicing a resident’s hand during the incident.
The alleged crime happened on January 22, but investigators only recently charged the man.
Officers allege the man was one of three masked offenders who broke into a Malleefowl Way property about 3am brandishing a machete and meat cleaver while demanding cash.
Acting Senior Sergeant Stuart Fairlie said the occupant suffered an 8cm gash to his hand when he attempted to disarm the alleged offender carrying the machete.
He said the pair continued to struggle, with the resident pushing the accused into a fish tank, which shattered on impact.
Police allege the accused left blood on the broken glass.
Officers charged him with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault with intent to rob, grievous bodily harm and acts or omissions causing bodily harm.
Police are still investigating the involvement of the other alleged intruders.