Po­lice seek wit­ness to day­light as­sault

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

ROCK­ING­HAM de­tec­tives are keen to speak with a per­son who in­ter­vened in an as­sault and at­tempted rob­bery in Baldivis.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jamie Brady said it hap­pened on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, be­tween 8am and 4pm near Nancy Al­ley at Baldivis Shop­ping Cen­tre.

“The vic­tim, 66-year-old Frank Tuai – he suf­fers from cere­bral palsy – sat down on a bench be­fore be­ing ap­proached by an­other male,” he said.

“The sus­pect has then at­tempted to grab Mr Tuai’s wal­let and a scuf­fle broke out be­fore a mem­ber of the public in­ter­vened and the sus­pect fled. The de­scrip­tion we have of the of­fender is a male with dark skin and long curly black hair.

“Due to Mr Tuai’s con­di­tion, that per­son is a key wit­ness who could (help with) de­tails of the in­ci­dent for us.

“It is im­por­tant the wit­ness comes for­ward; we hope the wit­ness can give us a de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect and as­pects of the at­tempted rob­bery.”

He said Mr Tuai had re­ceived sev­eral in­juries to his face, in­clud­ing bruis­ing and scratches.

Mr Tuai’s carer, Kerry Don­ald­son, pleaded for any wit­nesses to come for­ward.

“I was first alerted to the in­ci­dent by the taxi driver who nor­mally takes Frank to work on a Mon­day,” she said.

“Frank lives in­de­pen­dently, although he re­quires a lot of as­sis­tance, but he does have rou­tines; on the week­end he likes to go down to the shop, buy a drink and have a bit of a wan­der around and then go back home.

“I am very dis­ap­pointed to know that this has hap­pened to him be­cause it is one of his favourite things to do.

“Now I worry about him and I won’t let him go out in case some­thing hap­pens. “His safety is my con­cern. “I say just a huge thank you to the per­son who helped him and please come for­ward; we would like to thank him.”

Po­lice are call­ing for any CCTV, dash­cam footage or wit­nesses to con­tact them.

Call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

As­sault vic­tim Frank Tuai with his niece and carer, Kerry Don­ald­son.

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