‘GTA Bankstown’: wild moment as a maskless man, wearing an Adidas tracksuit, fights a female cop before running away in Sydney’s locked-down west
- A shirtless man is filmed running away from two police officers in western Sydney
- The video posted online shows a cop pulling at his shirt as he tries to free himself
- He wriggles out of her grasp and sprints into a park, his shirt completely ripped
- NSW Police could not verify what happened as it is unknown when it happened
A maskless man has been filmed battling police officers in the Covid-stricken western suburbs of Sydney before sprinting shirtless after his outfit was torn during the violent confrontation.
Footage on Instagram shows a female cop tugging at the man’s clothes to hold him back as he tries to break free during a confrontation in suburban Bankstown.
The man eventually squeezes out of her grasp and pushes her away before jogging down the road as his ripped gray T-shirt wraps around his neck, exposing his chest.
“Look at him, he’s gone,” says a man who films from the passenger seat of a car as the mullet-sports man dodges the officers.
A man is filmed (pictured) fighting police officers in Sydney’s ultra-closed western suburbs
“It’s up to honey. He just smashed the copper plates.’
The man takes off his frayed top and carries it in his hands as he runs into a nearby park, now wearing only Adidas track pants and sneakers.
He continues to jog past a group of obnoxious locals playing tennis on the courts next to the park before disappearing into the distance.
NSW police were unable to verify the exact record of what happened to Daily Mail Australia as it is unknown when the encounter took place.
It therefore remains unclear why the man was arrested and whether any charges have been filed in connection with the incident.
The video has gone viral and has been viewed more than 2,000 times since it was shared Monday by Instagram page Human of Bankstown.
Referring to the popular PlayStation game Grand Theft Auto, in which players commit crimes and then try to evade the police, the clip was titled “GTA Bankstown.”
While it remains unclear why the man was detained, he did not appear to be wearing a mask, which is currently required in indoor and outdoor public areas in NSW in enclosed areas.
Exemptions apply to those who play sports, but residents are still required to wear a mask at all times.
The municipality of Cantebury-Bankstown is one of 12 LGAs with the vast majority of NSW’s Covid cases, which are more tightly closed than the rest of Sydney.
Unlike other parts of the city, permits are required for authorized workers traveling in or out of the care areas and residents are not allowed to leave the home from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The other LGAs are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield.
The man manages to wriggle away from the police officer at the expense of his gray t-shirt
The same rules also apply to residents of the suburbs of Penrith, Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.
The incident comes after shocking images emerged earlier this week of a man allegedly assaulting two female police officers in Bankstown after being asked to proceed.
The video shows the man allegedly kneeling on the head of one of the officers while her colleague asks for help.
A 43-year-old man was later arrested in Yagoona and taken to Bankstown Police Station, where he allegedly assaulted a third officer.
All three police officers were taken to hospital for treatment, with charges related to the case expected to be filed.
After breaking away from the police, the man runs down the street, removing his frayed top before turning into a nearby park