Terrified staff ran for their lives after a thug with a knife stormed a deli in the south of the city.
Hamilton Hill deli staff became the latest in a string of victims who have been the target of terrifying robberies in Perth in recent weeks.
The employees fled the Simms Road store around 9:20 a.m. Thursday, when the knife-armed man entered and walked behind the counter.
Once alone in the store, the man allegedly stole packs of cigarettes and then left through the back door of the sandwich shop.
Regional Investigators are calling on the public for information about the man’s identity.
Described as fair-skinned and tall, he wore a red hoodie and a black jacket with a white sleeve and a light blue sleeve. He also wore black sweatpants and black and white shoes.
Anyone who knows the individual, or has information that could assist investigators, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333,000 or at crimestopperswa.com.au.
Thursday’s attack is the latest in a disturbing and escalating trend of recent terrifying and often violent robberies in the city.
Earlier this month, in the same suburb, 65-year-old Chris Hands was left unconscious and bleeding on the floor in his retirement home after a pair of young men demanding money attacked him.
The Salvation Army volunteer was carrying out his regular voluntary evening patrol of the Jindalee complex on June 5 — which he began after calls to install a gate and CCTV in the government-run village were ignored — when he was attacked by a couple of young men who demanded money.
He bravely tried to lure his attackers away from his neighbors by running down the driveway, but was quickly brought to the ground in a fit of punches and kicks to the head.
“I thought, ‘They won’t stand a chance, they’re all in their 70s and 80s,’ so I just ran, hoping they would follow suit and they did,” he said hours after he was out of the hospital. laid off. the next day. “And then they got stuck inside me.
“I saw blood flowing from my ear to my jacket. The next thing I knew I was on the floor.
“I tried to get up, but the more I got up, the more they would come.”
It came just days before a 31-year-old woman was brutally beaten by a stranger who broke into her Atwell home around 9am on June 14.
The woman’s injuries were confrontational, with a CT scan and X-rays confirming multiple fractures to her face and one eye swollen completely shut.
She was home alone when the man attacked her, throwing punch after punch while demanding ‘where’s the money’.
“He hit me so many times that I couldn’t get up. I felt so dizzy,” she told The West two days after the attack.
She had no money in the house “but I couldn’t talk, and he kept hitting me”.
About two weeks earlier, a group of men reportedly broke into a house in High Wycombe before forcing one of the residents to open his gun safe by dousing him with methylated spirits and setting him on fire.
Police will allege that the robbers were armed with firearms and threatened to kill the householders before setting one on fire.
The 52-year-old victim suffered significant facial burns and was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for treatment.
Last month in Koongamia, a woman and her baby were entangled in a botched home burglary, which police say was the target.
Police say several gunmen — who suspect they may have bicycle tires — tried to break into the house around 7:40 PM on May 17, but fled when police arrived.
Simmering tensions between rival bikers are being investigated by gang crime detectives as a possible motive behind the attempted home invasion.