Joshua Colin Duperouzel charged with murder over the death of Joseph Versace in Gnangara

Rebels bikie associate Joshua Colin Duperouzel has been charged with murder over the fatal shooting of a gangland “enforcer” in a Gnangara workshop last week.

Mr Duperouzel is scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today charged with murdering Joseph Versace in a Sydney Road shed on Thursday.

The 25-year-old was arrested in Belmont on Monday following an urgent plea for information about his whereabouts.

The West Australian revealed Mr Duperouzel was arrested less than two hours after his name and image was broadcast at a riverside park on Tanunda Drive in Belmont after walking up to woman and asking her for a sandwich.

He told the woman he was “wanted” by police and that he wanted to “hand himself in”.

The woman called police while Mr Duperouzel sat down nearby and ate her lunch.

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Joshua Colin Duperouzel will face court today. Credit: Supplied

Minutes later, witnesses in the usually quiet street were stunned as dozens of police cars descended on the car park in both cars and on foot to arrest Mr Duperouzel.

One woman, who lives in an apartment block overlooking the area, said she was on her balcony when she heard sirens and then saw a “whole pile of police” before they took him to the ground and handcuffed him.

“I heard someone yell out ‘get down’ and then I looked over the balcony and they had him on the ground on his stomach with his hands behind his back,” she said.

“There were more and more police cars, he was handcuffed obviously and I saw them put him in the back of the paddy wagon.”

She said she did not realise the significance of what she had just witnessed until she got to work later and saw the news.

Another witness told 7News Mr Duperouzel was seen to be disorientated with his shirt over his head moments before he was taken down by police.

An ambulance was called following the arrest, but it is understood Mr Duperouzel was not injured and he left Royal Perth Hospital about 4.30pm in a police car.

Major Crime Division Detective Inspector Quentin Flatman had earlier on Monday refused to reveal whether Mr Duperouzel and Mr Versace were known to each other.

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Joe Versace facebook Credit: facebook/supplied

Det-Insp. Flatman said “this event is somewhat connected to a small group of people”.

He confirmed Mr Duperouzel was “on the periphery” when asked if he had connections to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Links to the Rebels were constant from the moment Mr Versace was shot, with member Joseph Raimondi seen consoling mourners at the crime scene and the arrest of gang boss Karl Labrook during a raid in Ridgewood, one of 28 executed so far across the city.

Det-Insp. Flatman also revealed detectives were gathering information about the movements of a black BMW X5 which was found by a member of the public abandoned in Glen Forrest about two hours after Mr Versace was killed.

He said the car was “immediately identified” as being connected to the Gnangara shooting and that it was seized and subject to a forensic examination.

“We also believe that car is connected to the shooting itself,” Det-Insp. Flatman said.

Anyone who saw the BMW or has information about its movements between the early afternoon and late evening on Thursday should call Crime Stoppers.

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