A man with a white swastika painted on his forehead who allegedly attacked a woman with a makeshift flamethrower has been charged following a dramatic citizen’s arrest.
The 37-year-old allegedly tried to set a 40-year-old Indigenous mother and her daughter alight in the southeast Perth suburb of Gosnells on Saturday night around 6.30pm as they walked home.
He allegedly yelled racial obscenities at the woman before attempting to burn her with a makeshift flamethrower made using a can of deodorant and a lighter, inflicting minor arm injuries.
Police released CCTV footage of the alleged offender walking across the Gosnells IGA car park around the time of the assault.
Passers-by eventually spotted the man walking around Gosnells around 6.15pm on Wednesday night and detained him before calling police.
A man with a white swastika painted on his forehead who allegedly attacked a woman with a makeshift flamethrower has been charged following a dramatic citizen’s arrest
Police have released images of a man (pictured) who allegedly tried to set a mother and daughter alight in Perth’s southeast on Saturday night
The 37-year-old was wearing a red scarf covered in swastikas and other neo-nazi images painted on it, police say.
The man was charged with an unlawful act with intent to harm and conduct intended to racially harass.
He was due to appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Sean Bell earlier said the behaviour of the man accused was ‘not acceptable’ and would not be tolerated.
‘We are treating this cowardly and random attack on a woman and her child, doing nothing more than walking to the shops in the early evening, very seriously,’ he said on Tuesday.
An IGA worker who knows the mother said the victims were living in fear the man would hurt them again.
‘She’s all right, unbelievably, but she and her daughter were pretty shaken. I only spoke to them once since, and she said she wouldn’t be walking to the shops anymore,’ the worker told the The West Australian.
A teenage girl who lives in the area said she knew the pair, but wished to remain anonymous out of fear she could be targeted by the same man next.
‘She does FIFO, I’m pretty sure she’s left today to go back to work. It’s really scary what’s happened,’ she said.
‘It’s 2021. We all bleed the same colour. The fact this is still happening to people like us is unacceptable. It’s terrifying.’
CCTV footage shows the alleged offender walking through the IGA car park around the time of the assault. He has since been arrested and charged
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News