Sickening images of the violence inflicted upon Mr Lombardi shocked the community, including Premier Mark McGowan.
“Nobody, especially our elderly and most vulnerable, should have to suffer like this, nor be afraid outside their own home,” he said.
Acting Commissioner Dreibergs said assaults were the one crime category that had not dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Any one assault of this nature, it doesn’t matter what the crime rate is … the community expect to have zero assaults of this nature, and its our job when they do occur to investigate it very quickly.
“And I can tell you that’s what our officers are very focused on.
“These type of things are 100 per cent unacceptable, and the community of Western Australia is quite rightly outraged, as they should be.”