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A man who ‘confronted a pregnant woman with two machetes in a fast food outlet’ is arrested

Pictured: Driver who ‘confronted a pregnant woman with two machetes in a fast food store’ before being arrested at gunpoint following a peak-hour car chase

  • A man who allegedly confronted a woman with two machetes has been charged 
  • Joshua John Ventura, 29, approached the woman during an all-day crime spree 
  • The spree ended after the man was arrested following a dramatic police pursuit
  • Ventura was charged with 11 offences, including intimidation and resisting arrest

A man has been charged after allegedly confronting a pregnant woman with two machetes before embarking on a high-speed chase in Sydney’s south.

Joshua John Ventura, 29, from The Oaks in Sydney’s south west, allegedly confronted the woman during a bizarre crime spree that began on Friday morning.  

Police alleged the 29-year-old started his spree about 8am, when someone fitting his description threatened a man with a gun in Rockdale.  

Joshua John Ventura, 29 (pictured), from The Oaks in Sydney’s south west, allegedly came face to face with the woman during a bizarre crime spree that began on Friday morning 

 Police alleged the 29-year-old started his spree about 8am, when someone fitting his description threatened a man with a gun in Rockdale 

 Police alleged the 29-year-old started his spree about 8am, when someone fitting his description threatened a man with a gun in Rockdale 

About midday, Ventura allegedly confronted the pregnant woman in the car park of a fast food outlet in Taren Point while brandishing two machetes, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Shortly after, officers travelling south on the Princes Highway spotted Ventura driving a stolen Holden Trax near Southgate Shopping Centre in Sylvania at 6pm.

A car chase ensued after the 29-year-old refused to stop and drove off down the wrong side of the road before crashing into another police car, it’s alleged.

Two police officers, who were injured in the collision, were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries and have since been discharged.  

Prior to the collision, several other attempts to catch up with Ventura had been called off due to the manner in which the stolen Holden Trax was being driven. 

Witnesses at the scene captured footage of the dramatic arrest, which showed officers attempting to get into the vehicle to arrest the man.

One video showed a police officer smash the windshield of the stolen car with a baton while another officer aimed a gun at the person inside.

A photo posted to social media showed the 29-year-old being pinned to the ground, while a police officer held a gun to the side of his head.

Witnesses at the scene captured footage (pictured left and right) of the dramatic arrest, which showed officers attempting to get into the vehicle to arrest the man

Witnesses at the scene captured footage (pictured left and right) of the dramatic arrest, which showed officers attempting to get into the vehicle to arrest the man

Witnesses at the scene captured footage (pictured left and right) of the dramatic arrest, which showed officers attempting to get into the vehicle to arrest the man

A photo posted to social media showed the 29-year-old being pinned to the ground, while a police officer held a gun to the side of his head (pictured) 

A photo posted to social media showed the 29-year-old being pinned to the ground, while a police officer held a gun to the side of his head (pictured) 

‘The male refused to comply and was removed from the vehicle and arrested at gun point,’ police said. 

The 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Sutherland Hospital, where he was assessed, before being released and charged. 

Ventura was charged with 11 offences, including intimidation, driving while never licensed, not stopping during a police pursuit, and resisting arrest.

He was due to appear in Parramatta Bail court on Saturday.

Footage showed  police officers smash the windshield of the stolen car with a baton while another officer aimed a gun at the person inside (pictured)

Footage showed police officers smash the windshield of the stolen car with a baton while another officer aimed a gun at the person inside (pictured)

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