Karrinyup: Police charge man (55) over series of attacks

Karrinyup: Police charge man (55) over series of attacks

POLICE have charged a 55-year-old Karrinyup man after a bizarre series of attacks in the suburb yesterday morning.

The man allegedly broke into a Davenport Street unit and assaulted a 53-year-old woman with a brick while she slept.

He then entered another home along the street and attacked a 59-year-old woman with a pitchfork before smashing a locked sliding door to another unit and threatening a 73-year-old man, who escaped and ran to Karrinyup Shopping Centre for help.

According to police, the man continued the rampage by smashing the rear door of a fourth unattended unit then entered a neighbouring childcare centre, breaking a window and making threats while armed with a timber handle.

The accused had a physical struggle with a 68-year-old male contractor and doused him with petrol from a jerry can before placing the can down and walking away towards the shopping centre.

Police allege he also threatened a man (40) outside the centre before smashing the back window of his car with a rock and walking away, then drove a white Toyota Avalon to nearby Taunton Way and reversed it into the brick pillar of a house causing structural damage.

He drove away but police caught him a short distance away.

The incidents occurred on Friday between 5.30am and 6.15am on November 24.

Police charged the man with 18 offences, including three counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of threatening to kill and three counts of criminal damage or destruction of property.

He is being treated at Royal Perth Hospital for injuries received during the incidents and will have a bedside hearing today.

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