Man swings shovel at pedestrians; apprehended by off-duty cop – Riverwood

A man will appear in court today after allegedly threatening members of the public with a shovel, before being apprehended by an off-duty police officer yesterday.

Police will allege about 8.30pm (Thursday 2 January 2020), a man was seen to exit a Holden Rodeo on Belmore Road, Riverwood, and walk around to the driver’s side, before punching the driver multiple times.

The man then ran down Belmore Road, allegedly punching several pedestrians walking along the footpath.

He returned to the Holden and removed a shovel from the tray, before allegedly swinging it towards several people while verbally abusing them.

A man nearby approached him and introduced himself as an off-duty police officer, directing him to stop.

The man allegedly fled the scene on foot and was pursued by the off-duty constable through the yards of multiple houses, before officers from St George Police Area Command arrived and arrested the man in a backyard on Eldon Street.

The 25-year-old man was taken to Kogarah Police Station and charged with use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence and enter inclosed land without lawful excuse.

He was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Bail Court today (Friday 3 January 2020)

Inquiries continue.

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