Man charged with 17 offences after CBD arrest

Man charged with 17 offences after CBD arrest

October 30, 2021

A 23-year-old North Melbourne man who police say was carrying a gun in Melbourne’s CBD has been charged with 17 offences, including reckless conduct endangering life.

Police were called to the foyer of a building near the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets about 11am on Friday, following reports a man had been seen with a firearm.

A man has been charged after an incident in Bourke Street.Credit:Jason South

A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said officers, including members of the critical incident response team, responded to the report in under two minutes and arrested a man without incident. No one was injured.

The 23-year-old has been charged with 17 drug and firearm offences, including unlicensed possession of a firearm, using a firearm in a dangerous manner, reckless conduct endangering life and possessing cannabis.

Detectives from the Melbourne crime investigation unit executed a search warrant at property in Villiers Street, North Melbourne at 7.15pm on Friday night, seizing drugs, cash, ammunition and an imitation handgun.

The 23-year-old was remanded in custody, and is expected to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Friday’s arrest occurred only hours before non-essential retail outlets in Melbourne were permitted to reopen indoors for the first time in three months, following the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the state.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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