Accused armed robber’s tree stand-off with police after Dudley Park delivery driver’s car stolen

The West Australian
A 17-year-old pizza delivery driver with a knife and stealing his vehicle during the terrifying incident.
Camera IconA 17-year-old pizza delivery driver with a knife and stealing his vehicle during the terrifying incident. Credit: Lincoln Baker/WA News

A man accused of holding up a 17-year-old pizza delivery driver with a knife and stealing his vehicle has spent a chilly six hours up a tree overnight before being talked down by police.

The teenager was confronted by the alleged offender at 8.10pm on Boundary Road in Dudley Park, when he returned to his car after delivering a pizza.

The man pulled out a knife on the boy and demanded his car keys.

Police attempted to stop the allegedly stolen car soon after on Crawford Street in Mandurah, but the driver evaded officers.

Police Airwing spotted the car again a short time later driving in Coodanup.

The alleged offender then abandoned the car — which had extensive damage — in Adare Place in Coodanup, jumping on the roofs of homes before climbing a tree.

He stayed there for six hours — wearing only shorts as temperatures dropped to 6.2C — before finally climbing down a ladder to awaiting police.

The 32-year-old man was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment and is now assisting police with their enquiries.

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