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Bankstown man fights off a cop before sprinting away in Sydney’s Covid locked-down west 

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‘GTA Bankstown’: Wild moment a maskless Adidas tracksuit-wearing man fights off a female cop before sprinting away in Sydney’s locked-down west

  • A shirtless man has been filmed running away from two officers in Sydney’s west
  • The video posted online shows a cop tugging at his shirt as he tries to break free
  • He squirms from her grip and sprints into a park, his shirt completely ripped 
  • NSW Police could not verify what happened as it is unknown when it occurred










A maskless man has been filmed fighting off police officers in Sydney’s Covid-hit western suburbs before sprinting away shirtless after his outfit was torn in the violent confrontation. 

Footage posted on Instagram shows a female cop tugging at the man’s clothes to stop him as he tries to jerk free during a showdown in a suburban street in Bankstown. 

The man eventually squirms out of her grip and pushes her away before jogging down the road as his ripped grey t-shirt bundles around his neck, leaving his chest exposed.

‘Look at him he’s gone,’ a man filming from a car’s passenger seat says as the mullet-sporting man evades the officers.  

A man has been filmed (pictured) fighting off police officers in Sydney's ultra-locked-down western suburbs

A man has been filmed (pictured) fighting off police officers in Sydney’s ultra-locked-down western suburbs

‘It’s on baby. He just smashed the coppers.’ 

The man removes his frayed top, carrying it in his hands, as he runs into a nearby park, now only wearing Adidas tracksuit pants and sneakers. 

He continues jogging past a group of unfazed locals playing a game of tennis on the courts neighbouring the park, before disappearing into the distance. 

NSW Police were not able to verify the exact account of what happened to Daily Mail Australia as it is not known when the encounter took place. 

It therefore remains unclear why the man was stopped and whether any charges have been laid in relation to the incident. 

The video has gone viral, racking up more than 2000 views since it was shared by Instagram page Human of Bankstown on Monday.

In reference to popular PlayStation game Grand Theft Auto, in which players carry out crimes then try to evade police, the clip was captioned ‘GTA Bankstown’. 

Although it remains unclear why the man was stopped, he did not appear to be wearing a mask, which are currently mandatory in both indoor and outdoor public settings across NSW in areas under lockdown.   

Exemptions apply to those who are exercising, but residents are still required to carry masks on them at all times. 

Cantebury-Bankstown local council area is one of 12 LGAs with the vast majority of NSW’s Covid cases, which are in a stricter lockdown than the rest of Sydney. 

Unlike other parts of the city, permits are required for authorised workers travelling in or out of the areas of concern and residents are not allowed to leave home from 9pm to 5am.

The other LGAs include Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, and Strathfield.

The man manages to squirm away from the police officer at the expense of his grey t-shirt

The man manages to squirm away from the police officer at the expense of his grey t-shirt

The same rules also apply to residents in the Penrith suburbs of 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 footage emerged earlier this week of a man allegedly attacking two female police officers in Bankstown after being asked to move on. 

The video shows the man allegedly kneeing one of the cops in the head while her colleague radios for help.  

A 43-year-old man was later arrested at 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 in relation to the matter expected to be laid.  

After breaking free from the cops, the man runs down the street, removing his shredded top before veering into a nearby park

After breaking free from the cops, the man runs down the street, removing his shredded top before veering into a nearby park 

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