Police arrest man over threats in southern suburbs

A man has been arrested after several incidents involving a firearm in the southern suburbs.

Police will allege that about 8pm on Thursday 24 September, a male passenger exited a bus at Sandpiper Crescent, Aberfoyle Park and walked around to the front of the bus which was stationary. He then pointed what appeared to be a silver handgun at the driver.

The gun was not fired, and the man then put the item back in his pocket and walked off.

Later that night, about 11.20pm patrols were called to Happy Valley after reports of a man walking along Happy Valley Drive towards Windebanks Road, who was pointing what appeared to be a silver handgun at passing cars.

Again, no shots were fired and the man was last seen walking south along Happy Valley Drive.

A search of the area both times failed to located the suspect.

Today (Friday 25 September) about 9.08am, police were called to a southern suburbs shopping centre after reports that a man had placed a silver handgun on the checkout counter while processing his shopping. He did not point the gun at anyone or make any threats to anyone.

The description of the man matched those from Thursday night’s incidents, and patrols observed CCTV footage of the man catching a city-bound bus from a nearby bus stop.

The bus was intercepted on Anzac Highway at Ashford, and the man was arrested.

The gun was found to be a toy cap-gun, and was seized by police.

The 26-year-old Aberfoyle Park man was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated threats and carry offensive weapon.

He was refused bail to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.

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