Police have charged a hitchhiker who they say led a good Samaritan, who gave him a lift, into bushland before trying to steal his car at knife-point in a terrifying alleged incident near Margaret River.
Busselton detectives say Patrich John Barba Baula, 30, had broken down in bushland and was walking along Mowen Road, in the area of Rosa Glen, on Monday morning before flagging down a passing vehicle.
The driver, a man in his 60s, stopped and offered a lift to Mr Baula, who police claim led the man into bushland.
Mr Baula then allegedly threatened the driver with a knife before trying to steal his car and then fled the area on foot.
“The driver of the vehicle … sustained minor injuries,” a police spokeswoman said.
Police launched an urgent search for Mr Boula — and had warned the public against picking up a potentially armed hitchhiker — before they found him a short time later in bushland.
Mr Boula was charged with attempted aggravated armed robbery and possessing a prohibited drug, namely cannabis over the terrifying alleged school holidays incident.
He faced Bunbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody.
It is expected he will make a bail application on Thursday.