Prisoner recaptured after daring escape from Fremantle with gunman in car

Prisoner recaptured after daring escape from Fremantle with gunman in car

Prisoner recaptured after daring escape from Fremantle with gunman in car

Updated 14 November 2017, 23:05 AEDT

A prisoner who staged a daring escape from custody in Fremantle this afternoon after being whisked away in a car by a man armed with a gun is recaptured.

A prisoner who staged a daring escape from custody in Fremantle this afternoon after being whisked away in a car by a man armed with a gun has been recaptured.

Police said 33-year-old Johnathan Fraser Sedman had been taken into custody late this afternoon.

"Several other people are also assisting with inquiries," police said in a statement.

It is believed Stedman was recaptured in the southern Perth suburb of Medina.

Earlier police warned people not to approach Stedman, who was whisked away in a white sedan while he was at Fremantle Hospital on Tuesday afternoon for a pre-arranged appointment, accompanied by two guards.

One of the guards was injured during the escape after being hit in the head with the firearm, acting Inspector Dean Snashall said earlier.

WA Prison Officers Union secretary John Welch said the guard had suffered "a significant injury to his ear and face" and had been admitted to Fiona Stanley Hospital.

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Witness Ash told ABC Radio Perth he saw Sedman being arrested in Thomas Road in Medina.

"There was at least seven, eight ... police cars, some unmarked and some with the usual blue lights, and I couldn't tell you how many cops were there," he said.

Sedman is thought to have been involved in a series of armed robberies in Perth in the mid-2000s, and has been incarcerated at Casuarina Prison.

"We know that Mr Sedman's antecedents aren't great. He's got a violent history and a violent past," acting Inspector Snashall said.

Police had warned that Sedman was considered dangerous.