Passer-by played cru­cial part in cap­ture of ‘vi­o­lent’ man

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PO­LICE have praised a War­wick cit­i­zen who helped them catch a 26-yearold man who al­legedly bashed, as­saulted and tor­tured a woman at a War­wick res­i­dence on Thurs­day.

The woman, 25, was ad­mit­ted to War­wick Hos­pi­tal with a par­tially col­lapsed lung and bro­ken ribs af­ter she was al­legedly as­saulted by an ex-part­ner.

Po­lice said mem­bers of the War­wick com­mu­nity helped “chase” and catch the man, who has been charged with a string of of­fences in­clud­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm and tor­ture.

A WAR­WICK man has played a vi­tal role in help­ing po­lice catch a man who al­legedly as­saulted and tor­tured a 25-yearold woman, leav­ing her with a punc­tured lung and bro­ken ribs at a War­wick res­i­dence on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The 26-year-old Bris­bane man was caught and charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm, tor­ture, nu­mer­ous do­mes­tic vi­o­lence breaches and other traf­fic-re­lated mat­ters af­ter a po­lice chase in­volv­ing eight of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the pub­lic yes­ter­day morn­ing.

War­wick Po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Jamie Dea­con said War­wick cit­i­zens were in­te­gral to catch­ing the man, who ran from po­lice af­ter he al­legedly as­saulted his ex-part­ner in a home in Rosen­thal Heights.

The Gold Coast woman, 26, spent the night in War­wick Hos­pi­tal with a par­tially col­lapsed lung and bro­ken ribs af­ter she was as­saulted, al­legedly, by a man who had been re­leased from prison just a few weeks ago.

Se­nior Sergeant Dea­con praised mem­bers of the pub­lic for help­ing catch the “vi­o­lent” man the next morn­ing.

“He is a vi­o­lent per­son and to lo­cate and ap­pre­hend him so quickly is a very good re­sult,” Sen-Sgt Dea­con said.

The man was caught in a po­lice chase in­volv­ing eight of­fi­cers about 11am yes­ter­day af­ter his car was spot­ted out­side a War­wick home.

When the al­leged of­fender fled the res­i­dence, a passer-by helped po­lice chase him on foot, but the man briefly got away.

The War­wick man as­sist­ing po­lice then "picked up" an of­fi­cer in his own ve­hi­cle and drove him to where the al­leged of­fender was.

“He was ac­tu­ally the first on scene and po­lice were able to ap­pre­hend (the al­leged of­fender) with the as­sis­tance of that per­son,” Snr-Sgt Dea­con said.

“His as­sis­tance is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Other mem­bers of the pub­lic helped po­lice with in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the man’s ar­rest af­ter they saw him flee­ing the Rosen­thal Heights res­i­dence on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Sen-Sgt Dea­con said there there was a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der in place at the time of the al­leged as­sault, which the man al­legedly breached.

The 26-year-old man has been taken into cus­tody and will ap­pear in court to­day.

Sen-Sgt Dea­con said what had oc­curred was a “sig­nif­i­cant” of­fence.

“The of­fender has re­cently been re­leased from a cor­rec­tional cen­tre, there is a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence con­nec­tion and he has as­saulted her se­ri­ously,” he said.

“From my per­spec­tive “I would like to thank all the mem­bers of the pub­lic who as­sisted po­lice in the lo­ca­tion of this man,” he said.

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