Balcatta: Man and four-year-old child home during frightening break-in

Balcatta: Man and four-year-old child home during frightening break-in

POLICE arrested a man they found hiding in the roof of a Balcatta house, after he broke in while the resident and his four-year-old child were home.

They have charged a 21-year-old Banjup man with multiple offences over the incident on Saturday, which started when Meth Enforcement Taskforce officers tried to stop the Holden Captiva he was allegedly driving recklessly on Beryl Street at about 6.30pm.

They aborted the pursuit after the driver allegedly failed to stop but a short time later the car crashed at the intersection of Main and Amelia streets.

Police believe the driver fled on foot, jumped a nearby fence and assaulted a resident before jumping another fence and entering the home of the man and his young child.

A bystander who saw this entered the house to help but was allegedly assaulted by the driver.

Officers arrived and found the driver hiding in the home’s roof space.

There was a large amount of damage to the inside of the house.

Police identified the car as stolen and after searching the vehicle, alleged they found weapons, drug paraphernalia, stolen property and a disguise.

The man was charged with breach of bail, stealing a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failing to stop and resulting in property damage, no authority to drive, aggravated common assault and burglary, criminal damage and assault.