Dramatic arrest ends manhunt

An escaped prisoner left a trail of destruction across Perth's eastern suburbs yesterday before his recapture ended a dramatic 47-hour manhunt.

Bradley John McIntosh-Narrier had been on the run since Friday afternoon when he fled from two Serco prison transport guards at Joondalup Health Campus.

The 27-year-old was finally cornered by police at a home in Cowan Street, Armadale, about 1pm yesterday after allegedly crashing a stolen car through the back fence of a neighbouring home and scaling the roof of another.

Lisa Abdilla's mother-in-law came face-to-face with McIntosh-Narrier just moments before police swooped. The 69-year-old grandmother was said to be shaken but unharmed from her brush with the escapee, who had "an evil look" on his face.

"He's run in the back door and locked her out, got in and found her car keys (and) tried to get the roller door up but couldn't," Mrs Abdilla said. "By that time the place was surrounded and the police got him on the floor inside our garage."

The prisoner, who had minor injuries, was taken to Royal Perth Hospital.

Witnesses said McIntosh- Narrier, who had shaved his head since Friday, appeared exhausted and was complaining of back pain.

Authorities were drawn to the eastern suburbs early yesterday when a man matching the escapee's description stole a car, wallet and mobile phone from a Kelmscott business. Police spotted the missing vehicle along Gribble Avenue but aborted a pursuit when it was deemed too dangerous.

Armadale residents were put on high alert as police attention soon switched to Cowan Street where a car had cut across a park and crashed through a back fence and almost came to rest in a swimming pool.

Witness Garry Glen said after abandoning the vehicle, McIntosh-Narrier climbed on to the roof of a Redross Court home.

"The coppers ran through the yard with their guns drawn," he said. "When we walked out the back door we could hear a noise and he was right up above us. He's then jumped next door."

McIntosh-Narrier allegedly stole several vehicles during the two days he was on the run.

It has not yet been confirmed if he acted alone.

His escape came two weeks after Cameron John Graham, a convicted rapist, and Kelden Edward Fraser, an alleged armed robber, kicked out a prison van door at Geraldton airport.

Police this morning said a 27-year-old Midland man is facing 29 charges including escape lawful custody, aggravated armed robbery, aggravated burglary, steal motor vehicle and fail to stop.

He is under police guard in Royal Perth Hospital where he is receiving treatment for injuries sustained during a crash before his arrest.

The date of his court appearance is to be confirmed.

The West Australian

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