Police seek witness to daylight assault
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.