Police call for good samaritan to come forward after Baldivis attempted robbery

Frank Tuai with his niece and carer, Kerry Donaldson. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery.
Frank Tuai with his niece and carer, Kerry Donaldson. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery.

ROCKINGHAM detectives are keen to speak with a person who intervened in an assault and attempted robbery in Baldivis.

Senior Constable Jamie Brady said the incident happened on Sunday, February 4 between 8am and 4pm near Nancy Alley at the Baldivis Shopping Centre.

“The victim, 66-year-old Frank Tuai – who suffers from cerebral palsy – has sat down on a bench before he was approached by another male,” he said.

“The suspect has then attempted to grab Mr Tuai’s wallet and a scuffle has broken out before a member of the public has intervened and the suspect has fled.

“The description we have of the offender is a male with dark skin and long curly black hair.

“Due to Mr Tuai’s condition that member of the public is a key witness who could (help with) details of the incident for us.

“It is important that the witness comes forward, we are hoping the witness can give us a good description of suspect and aspects of the attempted robbery itself.”

He said Mr Tuai had received several injuries to his face including bruising and scratches.

Mr Tuai’s carer, Kerry Donaldson pleaded for any witnesses to come forward.

“I was first alerted to the incident by the taxi driver who normally takes Frank to work on a Monday,” she said.

“Frank lives independently although he requires a lot of assistance, but he does have routines where on the weekend he likes to go down to the shop, buy a drink and have a bit of a wander around and then go back home.

“I am very disappointed to know that this has happened to him because it is one of his favourite things to do.

“Now I worry about him and I won’t let him go out in case something happens – his safety is my concern.

“I say just a huge thank you to the person who helped him and please come forward – we would like to thank him – Frank has a very large family and we are all concerned about him.

Police are calling for any CCTV, dash cam footage or witnesses including the person who intervened to contact WA Police.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or file a report online.