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Gunman terrorises residents
Service station security vision of the Ellenbrook gunman.

A mother of two has told of the terrifying moments an armed man smashed her front door and demanded keys to a car.

The woman, Karen, who asked that only her first name be used said there was a lot of screaming in the street and "someone hammered on the front door".

“We were (just) going to bed and there was a lot of screaming in the street, and someone hammered on the front door,” Karen said.

“He started screaming “give me your f___ing keys” and he started smashing the glass of the front door, and made a hole in it, and was yelling at me through the hole,” she said.

Karen threw the man what she thought was a set of keys to her Hyundai i30 white hatchback, but her ordeal continued when he realised they were the wrong ones.

“I had accidentally (given him) the wrong keys, I gave him the second set and he left,” she said.

“I have two children in the house, obviously you’re worried about their safety and your own safety. He was quite aggressive, I was frightened,” she said.

The kids heard (the commotion). I told them ‘stay in your room and don’t come out,” she said.

Karen said the man was holding something that looked like a gun.

Karen at the front door of her home. Picture: Michael O'Brien

The man banged on a number of doors in the cul-de-sac before breaking the window at Karen's.

Police are hunting for the man who stole the car and later set it alight.

The man ran into Fewson Turn about 10:45pm and banged on several doors, broke a window at one house and threatened the family inside.

Joanne Hinchley said she was in the living room watching TV when the man banged on her window.

“It was so quiet, we were about to go to bed,” she said.

"He shouted ‘give me your keys to the f___ing car. If you give me the keys I won’t hurt you’,” she said.

Ms Hinchley said the man gave up when her neighbour came out of the house.

Grandmother Hettie Labuschagne said her daughter heard screaming and banging but didn’t go outside. Mrs Labuschagne had two grandchildren asleep at her house.

Resident Jason Kent said he heard a loud “thump, thump, thump,” which he initially thought was someone trying to climb over the wall.

“It’s a pretty typical family neighbourhood, you read about these things in the paper, but you don’t expect it to happen next door to you,” he said.

After terrorising the street, the man is believed to have driven to a Woolworths Petrol station on The Promenade and Main Street and demanded the assistant fill his car with petrol.

Police then received a call just after 11pm that a Hyundai had been set alight near the intersection of Charlottes Vista and Westbrook Parade in Ellenbrook.

Officers are investigating if the same man was involved, and are currently reviewing footage from CCTV from a nearby service station.

The man is described as aged 30 to 35 with a facial hair and dark scruffy hair, who was wearing boots and a high-vis vest.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The West Australian

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