Update, 7.15pm: Police have charged a bikie gang associate with murder after an Aubin Grove man was allegedly pushed to his death from the second storey of a beachfront hotel at Cottesloe last night.
Police tonight charged the 25-year-old man linked to the Rock Machine bikie gang over the incident and are asking two young women who may have information to come forward.
The 29-year-old man who died plunged about 8m after he smashed through a glass window pane at the Ocean Beach Hotel about 9.05pm.
He was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital with critical head and spinal injuries but died this morning.
Acting Det-Supt David Bryson said this afternoon that police believed the deceased had been in the “wrong place at the wrong time” when he was allegedly pushed out of the window in an unprovoked attack.
Acting Det-Supt Bryson said the charged man had been drinking at the OBH with up to four other men also believed to be linked to Rock Machine.
Prior to the incident, the deceased man had been speaking to two young women. Police have called on those women to come forward and speak to detectives.
One of the women is described as fair-skinned, slim, 160cm tall and aged in her mid to late-20s. She had long, blonde hair worn in a ponytail and was wearing a yellow-strapped top, ¾ length black leggings and stilettos.
The other woman is described as tanned, 160cm tall, slim and aged in her late teens to early 20s. She had long, dark hair and was wearing a black top tucked into a green skirt.
Witnesses said two nurses who had been inside the hotel at the time performed CPR on the man as he lay in a pool of blood and smashed glass on the footpath.For more than an hour last night, the scene outside the OBH was chaotic.Pub-goers who had parked vehicles close to the hotel were unable to leave from within police crime scene tape and witnesses gave accounts to police.Shattered glass, a thong and a black cap surrounded a pool of blood on the footpath.One woman, who did not want her name published, said it sounded like somebody “had dropped a tray of glasses” when the man went through the window.“The music was really loud. Then there was some nurses who ran to do first aid and then a guy took over,” the woman said. “I didn’t see his friends around or anything. Just a lot of blood.”A 19-year-old who was drinking at the upstairs bar at the time of the incident said there had only been about 30 people upstairs at the time.
He said he his back was turned to the window when he heard a big smash but a female friend who saw the man fall was hysterical.He said she looked out the broken window to see the man badly injured on the pavement. His female friend was very shaken up by the incident.“I turned back when I heard a big smash but my friend saw the whole thing and was hysterical. She looked out the window at the injured man but then told me not to look.”German tourist Constantin Jahn, 20, came out of the pub after seeing people crowding around on the pavement and hearing sirens. It was tragic, he said.Craig, who had been at the Ocean Beach backpackers, came outside to see people desperately trying to save the injured patron. “He was on the floor getting resuscitated and I didn’t really want to get close to be honest . . . There were people crying and I just stayed out of the way. I presumed it was his mates but if you’d seen something like that even if you weren’t his mate you’d be pretty shook up.”
The Ocean Beach Hotel has refused to comment.Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.