Victoria Park: man arrested after threatening Centrelink staff

Victoria Park: man arrested after threatening Centrelink staff

A MAN allegedly pulled out at a screwdriver and threatened staff at the Victoria Park Centrelink office this morning.

A witness described that a man yelled and ran at staff during the incident about 8.40am.

“He was standing around with everyone else and his name got called, everything seemed normal at first,” witness Marisa Wikramanayake said.

“Then suddenly there was yelling and he ran towards staff but he was then herded towards a side door and out of the building and to Shepperton Road.

“It looked like he had a thin object like a knife.

“All the customers were told to head near the entrance of the building and the building was locked once he was out.

“Someone pressed an alarm and the cops came around very quickly.”

Ms Wikramanayake said the police spoke to staff members and then looked at CCTV footage.

“Luckily no one was hurt and people were able to go back to their business,” she said.

“I think everyone was surprised at what happened and they didn’t realise he had a weapon.

“The staff were very professional, one of them commented that they are used to people being rude or aggressive.

“There was no indication why the man acted like this.”

Police confirmed to the Southern Gazette that the weapon was a screwdriver and the 40-year old man from Nollamara was arrested at the Victoria Park Train Station about 9am.

Charges are pending.