DNA sample helps find alleged axe robber
Police have used DNA technology to charge a man with using an axe to assault a service station attendent during an armed robbery in Kelmscott nine years ago.
DNA taken recently in a separate investigation led officers back to the unsolved crime which took place on August 21 about 4.45am.
Police say the man parked a Ford Fairmont sedan at the Shell service station on Albany Highway, Kelmscott and approached a staff member who was standing outside.
He was wearing a balaclava and was armed with an axe.
It will be alleged the man raised the axe and demanded cash from the staff member. The two men wrestled and the staff member fell to the ground, where it will be alleged he was kicked a number of times and punched.
The man fled on foot, leaving behind the vehicle he had driven there in, and which was later identified as a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle and items of interest within the vehicle were seized for forensic examination.
Based on a DNA match to a sample taken recently in a separate investigation, detectives travelled to Gnowangerup and with the assistance of local police arrested a 32-year-old man yesterday.
The man has since been charged with stealing a motor vehicle and attempted aggravated armed robbery, and will appear in the Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday, November 13.