POLICE have charged a 23-year-old man from Wanneroo with armed robbery and obstructing public officers over an incident in Glendalough in the early hours of December 18.
Police said the 36-year-old victim was driving along Scarborough Beach Road when he stopped to assist a dog at the side of the road, leaving the keys in the ignition of his car.
When the victim returned to his vehicle, the man was standing near it with a block of wood in his hand.
It will be alleged the man got into the victim’s vehicle and attempted to start the already running engine.
Police said the victim was able to reach into the vehicle and pulled out the keys.
It will be further alleged the man got out of the vehicle and attempted to hit the victim with the block of wood before punching him.
Fearing for his safety, the victim handed over the keys and the man drove off in the vehicle.
The victim alerted police, who stopped the vehicle without incident.