Victoria Police arrest 30-year-old man waving knife around at Watergarden Shopping Centre in Taylor Lakes

Elisia Seeber
The Nightly
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A 30-year-old man was arrested at Watergardens Shopping Centre in Taylors Lakes about 12.50pm Friday after police received reports of a man wielding a knife.
A 30-year-old man was arrested at Watergardens Shopping Centre in Taylors Lakes about 12.50pm Friday after police received reports of a man wielding a knife. Credit: Supplied

In yet another shocking knife incident, a man has been arrested for allegedly waving a knife around at a busy shopping centre on the outskirts of Melbourne.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at Watergardens Shopping Centre in Taylors Lakes about 12.50pm Friday after police received reports of a man wielding a knife.

The man allegedly stole a knife from a grocery store before he began waving it around in the centre and later on Melton Highway.

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A Victoria Police spokesperson said a 30-year-old Sunshine man “was swiftly arrested and is currently assisting police with their enquiries”.

“No one was injured and no threats were made,” the spokesperson confirmed.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at Watergardens Shopping Centre in Taylors Lakes about 12.50pm Friday after police received reports of a man wielding a knife.
A 30-year-old man was arrested at Watergardens Shopping Centre in Taylors Lakes about 12.50pm Friday after police received reports of a man wielding a knife. Credit: Google Maps

The shopping centre was reportedly temporarily locked down to protect shoppers, with one witness taking to social media to share their experience.

“I was there and ran out, what is this world coming to,” Jane Farrugia Parnis wrote on Facebook.

Another shopper told the Herald Sun the knife-wielding man entered a barbershop where he was tackled and pinned to the ground by a group she labelled “heroes”.

“The barbers ran out with chairs and managed to hold him down until the cops came,” he told Herald Sun.

“The shops all closed and locked everyone inside. The cops still have him barricaded and secure.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage or CCTV is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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