Terrifying moment man attacks cars with metal pole at busy junction
A metal pole-wielding man was caught in a violent crime spree on Christmas Eve, leaving motorists traumatised and several with their cars damaged.
The man was videoed going on a rampage just before 5pm on Saturday, at the intersection of West Coast Highway and and Scarborough Beach Road in Perth. A 40-year-old man has since been charged in connection to the incident.
The footage taken by a family in a car showed the armed man dressed in black and wearing sunnies running onto the road with a metal pole and smashing a silver car's window. Shards of glass are seen falling on the terrified passenger at the front, who tried moving away from the window as far as they could.
"Oh my god," a woman behind the camera says.
He is then seen running up to other cars, with some drivers being forced to swerve out of the way or run a red light in fear of being hit.
Four cars hit in violent rampage
The man is also seen in the video — currently viewed more than 5.2 million times —smashing one other grey car that is driving by. According to police, he hit at least four vehicles, with further investigations ongoing.
One silver Toyota Corolla — believed to be in the video— received damage to its rear window and passenger side window. The driver was forced to go through a red light to escape any further attacks.
Another was a red Hyundai i30 which had three people inside who were hit by shattered glass from the rear window. There was also a white Mazda 2 with damage to its rear window and boot panel and a white Toyota Corolla with damage to the rear driver's side panel.
Scarborough man to front court
Soon after, the 40-year-old was found by Scarborough Police officers at a nearby hotel, after receiving several emergency calls at about 5pm.
“Police attended the scene, and acting on information provided by the public, they attended a hotel on nearby Filburn Street, where the man was last seen,” a police spokesman said in a statement. “Officers identified a room within the hotel, however the occupant was not responsive. Entry was forced to the room and a man was taken into custody.”
The Scarborough man was charged with four counts of Criminal Damage or Destruction of Property and refused bail. He is to appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday.
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Given that the investigation is still ongoing, police urge anyone else involved in the incident and had their car damaged to report the matter to police by either calling 131 444 or by attending a local police station.
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