UPDATED 1.10pm: Escaped prisoner Bradley John McIntosh-Narrier was recaptured this afternoon after allegedly being involved in a short-lived police chase this morning.
A police spokeswoman said he apprehended in a stolen Subaru on Redross Court in Armadale.
The 27-year-old has been on the run since escaping from security officers while getting medical treatment at Joondalup Health Campus on Friday.
Police had earlier aborted a pursuit through Armadale after it was deemed too dangerous.
McIntosh-Narrier had been travelling in a maroon 2009 Subaru Liberty. The Subaru was allegedly stolen from a property on Owen Road, Kelmscott, about 10.30am.
Police say McIntosh-Narrier, who shaved his head after leaving hospital,told the public he was unpredictable and should not be approached.
Security company Serco said McIntosh-Narrier ripped a metal rail off a wall and threatened staff at the hospital on Friday, so the guards shut him in a bathroom.
It is believed he climbed through the ceiling to escape.
Serco said its staff had followed proper procedures in escorting and restraining the prisoner.
Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis defended the guards.
“I don’t know what else the guards could have done,” he told AAP.
“In my opinion, they made the right judgment call.”
The Department of Corrective Services will investigate the incident.
Corrective Services Commissioner James McMahon has issued a directive that extra restraints be used, such as shackling a prisoner to a guard when they use toilets.
Premier Colin Barnett has ruled out ending the prison transport contract with Serco despite three escapes in the past two weeks.
Rapist Cameron John Graham and alleged armed robber Kelden Edward Fraser kicked out a prison van door at Geraldton airport two weeks ago.