As he was being arrested and put inside a police car he allegedly punched one officer on the head and face several times, and hit and gouged at a second officer’s face with his nails. He spat at both.
One of the officers had to be taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital by ambulance after collapsing, where he was treated for bruising, swelling and cuts to his face, forearms, and head.
Police claim the group then left the house and became obstructive towards the officers, prompting a police officer to spray a 33-year-old man with pepper spray.
“Information was received that the 29-year-old man police had first arrested had earlier been armed with a knife and had been damaging a vehicle,” a WA Police spokesman said.
“A knife matching the description was found on the front verge of the property.”
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, to determine whether the four men were trying to burgle the home.
The 29-year-old man from Kenwick, who was subject a return to prison warrant, was charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, being armed in a way that may cause fear, obstruction public officers, and giving false personal details to police.
He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday.
Police will charge the 33-year-old man from Cloverdale via summons with obstructing a police officer, behaving disorderly in a public place, and being armed in a way that may cause fear.
The two other men have been released.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or who may have seen a group of men acting suspiciously around Nanovich Avenue on Friday afternoon are asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online.
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