Newtown Local Area Command
Man Arrested After Pointing A Replica Firearm At Motorists – St. Peters
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man allegedly pointed a replica firearm at motorists travelling on the Princes Highway, St. Peters on Sunday afternoon.
At around 5 pm (Sunday 7 February) a female motorist was driving North along the Princes Highway, stopping at a red light at the intersection of Campbell Street, when she saw a man swinging a firearm and then pointing it at passing vehicles travelling South.
The witness alleged that the man pointed the firearm at the vehicles, mimicking that the gun had been fired and recoiled.
The witness immediately called Triple Zero (000).
Police attended a short time later and allegedly saw the man walking North along King Street near the intersection of Darley Street, Newtown, carrying what appeared to be a rifle.
The 23-year-old man from Elizabeth Bay was arrested, the weapon secured, with the man conveyed to Newtown Police Station where he was interviewed and charged with Possess Prohibited Firearm.
The firearm appears to be a replica, possibly similar to a .22 calibre, and will be sent to Ballistics for further assessment.
The man was granted bail to appear in Newtown Local Court on Tuesday 23 February, 2010.
Police are appealing specifically for a group of pedestrians who were seen at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Campbell Street at the time of the incident to come forward and contact Police.
Police are urging those persons or any motorist in the vicinity at this time to contact Detectives at Newtown Police Station on (02) 9550 8148 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. All information will be treated in confidence.