Girrawheen Disturbance

Joondalup Detectives have charged a 29-year-old man with assaulting two police officers who were responding to a disturbance at a residence in Girrawheen yesterday, Friday 18 September 2020.
About 5:00pm Police were called to a disturbance in Nanovich Avenue. Upon arrival it was established a group of men attended the residence and were still inside. The occupant of the residence requested Police remove the group of men, stating he did not know who they were.
While making enquiries into the identity of the group of men, one of them, who was later identified as a 29-year-old man subject of a Return to Prison Warrant, attempted to leave by climbing over a fence. He was arrested and as he was being placed into a secure police vehicle it will be alleged he punched one male police officer to his head and face several times and punched a second male police officer to his face and gouged at the officer’s face with his nails. It will be further alleged he spat on both officers.
One police officer collapsed to the ground and was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital by St John Ambulance. His injuries included bruising, swelling and cuts to his face, forearms and head, including lacerations on his head.
Three men exited the residence and became obstructive towards the attending officers and OC Spray was deployed on one of them – a 33-year-old man.
Officers at the scene requested urgent backup and several police units were deployed to the scene under emergency conditions. The situation was brought under control without further incident.
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 knife matching the description was found on the front verge of the property.
A 29-year-old man from Kenwick has been charged with:
– Assault Public Officer (Prescribed Circumstances)
– Assault Public Officer
– Being armed in a way that may cause fear
– Obstructing Public Officers
– Give False Personal Details to Police
He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, Saturday 19 September 2020.
A 33-year-old man from Cloverdale was advised he would be charged by Summons with:
– Obstructing Public Officers
– Disorderly Behaviour in a Public Place
– Being armed in a way that may cause fear.
Two other men were released, pending further investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident, or who saw a group of men acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Nanovich Avenue yesterday afternoon, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at
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