Serial escapee accused of punching police dog flees from Perth hospital

| 22.09,19. 08:04 PM |

Serial escapee accused of punching police dog flees from Perth hospital

Photo: Laurie John Junior Dodd escaped from guards at Royal Perth Hospital. (Supplied: WA Police)

A man taken to hospital for dog bite injuries received after allegedly punching a police dog in the head remains on the loose after escaping from custody.

Laurie John Junior Dodd, 44, escaped from Royal Perth Hospital on Saturday afternoon, sparking an air and ground search around the CBD.

The Department of Corrective Services has confirmed Dodd was being guarded by officers from contracting firm Broadspectrum when he escaped.

The ABC has been told two officers were assigned to guard him, but when one left the room to get lunch, Dodd allegedly managed to get the other in a chokehold and stole his keys.

It is believed he was last seen in East Perth wearing green and black boxer shorts and a white T-shirt, although it was likely he had changed clothes since then.

He may also have injuries or bandages on his face and arm.

Dodd is described as being 187 centimetres tall, of medium build, with fair skin and black hair in a mullet style.

He was initially arrested on Thursday after allegedly leading police on a chase through suburban Perth in a stolen car.

The chase ended in Bayswater, where police said Dodd violently struggled with officers and the dog.

One of the officers also received injuries in the incident and needed medical treatment.

History of escaping custody

Dodd has escaped custody twice before. In 1999 he got out of Broome Regional Prison and in 2004 he was part of a mass break-out of dangerous offenders from the WA Supreme Court.

At the time, the then-justice minister Michelle Roberts said that three guards from contracting firm AIMS were overpowered by a group of prisoners being transferred from a van to a holding centre at the court.

In total nine prisoners managed to get away, but all were later recaptured.

Guards not properly trained, union claims

Transport Workers Union WA branch secretary Tim Dawson said the escape was proof Broadspectrum was not spending enough money on training its staff.

"Unfortunately for the guard himself, I mean we wouldn't hold him responsible because people need to be properly trained in these situations, people have got to be given all the adequate training they need and it's not happening," he said.

Detectives are urging anyone with information about Dodd's whereabouts to contact them immediately, and have warned people against approaching him.

The department released a statement saying the matter would be investigated thoroughly.


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