Police are on the hunt for an armed robber who fled from strict supervision while on parole and is feared to be on his way to Western Australia to harm two officers.
Jason Robert Herbert escaped from his lodgings near Newcastle, in NSW, on Saturday after being released from prison two weeks ago.
In addition to armed robbery, he had also served time for grievous bodily harm.He was wearing an electronic monitoring device on his leg and is understood to have simply cut it off.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin has ordered an urgent inquiry into the incident.
“NSW State Parole Authority today listed the breach for determination at its first available meeting tomorrow,” a spokeswoman for Corrective Services NSW said late on Monday.
Media reports say Herbert is seeking revenge for his brother, Troy Matthew Herbert, who was killed on his motorbike in 2009 as he tried to outrun the police officers in Perth.
The officers are now being offered protection.
“We’re aware of the situation and have taken all the necessary actions to ensure the safety and security of all WA police officers,” a WA police spokesman said.
Herbert escaped authorities in July, but was captured and imprisoned for four months, so this is the second time he’s been on the run.
The chase was part of a 2010 inquest into deaths during or shortly after police pursuits, which found the police car reached 198 km/h in a 60 km/h zone, but the chase was aborted before the crash.
It also found Troy Herbert had consumed “very high” levels of methylamphetamine.