Police in Perth’s north seized a cache of weapons after following up on reports of a man threatening shoppers with a taser at Karrinyup shopping centre on March 1.
When officers arrived at the scene, the man had already fled.
Two weeks later, police raided a unit on Bridgewater Crescent in the same suburb as the shopping centre.
During the raid, they uncovered 19 weapons, including machetes, axes, guns, large hunting knives, tasers, and ammunition.
Gel blasters, similar to weapons used in paintball skirmishes, were also allegedly seized in the raid.
Possession of even one gel blaster can carry a maximum penalty of up to three years’ imprisonment and/or a $36,000 fine, as they are prohibited weapons in Western Australia.
Senior Sergeant Haydn Farrow of Scarborough police expressed concern about the discovery.
“It’s of real concern that this amount of weapons was found at a residential address,” he said. “By seizing those weapons, we’ve potentially prevented further serious crime.”
The 41-year-old Karrinyup man who was charged with 22 offences, including 10 counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and 11 counts of possession of a controlled weapon, is set to appear at Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday 28 March.
The man was also charged with being armed in a way that may cause fear.
Additionally, police arrested a 63-year-old woman at the unit who was allegedly behaving aggressively towards them.
She was charged with obstructing police and failing to provide personal details.
The woman is set to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday 24 March.