A 15-year-old boy is facing two counts of attempted murder and six counts of reckless conduct endangering life, after allegedly attempting to run down pedestrians in a vehicle in an incident in the Melbourne CBD early yesterday morning.
Police were called to the area around Flinders Street Station shortly before 8am on AFL Grand Final day, with reports of a green four-wheel drive reversing erratically down the street, with the driver later being subdued and tasered.
Based on eyewitness accounts from the scene, it was previously understood that the man was aged in his 20s, but today, Victoria Police confirmed that the suspect is a 15-year-old from Knoxfield, in the city’s eastern suburbs, who has been remanded in custody.
Many at the scene said that they believed the car was being driven at them, and were in fear for their lives. In addition to attempted murder and recklessly endangering life, the teenager is charged with assaulting police and resisting a police officer.
He will appear in a children’s court at a later time.
Per reports in ABC News, the teen was dressed in black, military-style clothes at the time of his arrest, and was wearing a helmet that covered his face. Victorian Police also allege that he was armed with a knife.
Police say that the teenager is believed to have a history of mental illness, and have said that the incident is not related to terrorism.
This incident was the only one of its kind on Grand Final day, with security tight around the Melbourne CBD.
Police say that of a crowd of more than 100,000 at the MCG, 20 were evicted and six arrested for offences including drug possession, drunk and disorderly conduct and “deception”.
Four people were also arrested for assault, with these matters currently being investigated.