Police hunt man in his 20’s over Geraldton home invasion

Liam BeattyGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton Police Station. Insert: the 82-year-old man's head wound.
Camera IconGeraldton Police Station. Insert: the 82-year-old man's head wound. Credit: Supplied,

Geraldton police have renewed a call for help in identifying the man responsible for an armed home invasion which led to an 82-year-old man being taken to hospital with head injuries.

Police said the victim was asleep at his Utakarra home on June 7 when a man in his 20s, 167cm tall and of slim build and wearing a face covering, broke into the house about 7am.

During the encounter the victim was hit with an unknown weapon, leaving a large laceration to his head.

Investigating officer Det-Sen. Const. Joe Connolly said police had received valuable assistance from members of the public in the wake of the shocking incident, but were still asking anyone with information to come forward.

“Police are still seeking any CCTV, Dash-Cam footage or anyone who heard anything suspicious in the area of Archer Street, Utakarra,” he said.

He said the victim was recovering well from his injuries and was receiving “ongoing support from family and the police”.

The suspect has been described as male in his early 20’s, approximately 5 foot 6 inches tall with a slim build and wearing a hooded jumper and face covering.

Shortly after the incident, Geraldton Detectives officer in charge Det-Sen. Sgt Bruce McDonald described the home invasion as a “cowardly and gutless attack on a defenceless elderly man”.

Detectives have requested anyone with information contact Geraldton Police on 99234555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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