Police appeal after elderly Geraldton man attacked in “cowardly” home invasion

Liam BeattyGeraldton Guardian
Police shared a photo of the 82-year-old man's injuries.
Camera IconPolice shared a photo of the 82-year-old man's injuries. Credit: Supplied

Geraldton Detectives have launched a public appeal for information after an elderly man suffered a horrific head wound during a “cowardly and gutless” violent home invasion on Monday morning.

Police say an unknown assailant entered the 82-year-old’s Archer Street home in Utakarra around 7am — demanding the victim hand over money before assaulting him with an unknown weapon.

“The victim suffered a large laceration to his head that required a number of stitches,” a WA Police spokeswoman said.

“The suspect then fled on foot.”

The injured man was taken by ambulance to Geraldton Hospital, where he received treatment and stitches for the wound.

Det-Snr. Sgt Bruce McDonald said police believed it was an isolated incident and a large number of investigative actions are currently being conducted to identify the suspect.

“It was cowardly and gutless attack on a defenceless elderly man who was home asleep in bed when the incident occurred,” he said.

The spokeswoman said detectives would like to see CCTV or dash-cam footage from anyone in the area on Monday morning.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online via crimestopperswa.com.au.

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