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A 30-year-old man sparked panic at Watergardens Shopping Centre in Melbourne on Friday after allegedly stealing a knife from a grocery store. The man brandished the knife, assaulting and threatening a 21-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman inside the shopping center around 12:50 pm.

Swift action from the public led to the man’s quick arrest by Victoria Police. In response to the alarming situation, shoppers took refuge by locking themselves inside shops to avoid the knife-wielding individual. The incident comes amidst heightened concerns about knife-related incidents following recent events in the country.

The man, not identified by police, reportedly faced resistance from concerned citizens at a barber shop, where he was eventually subdued until law enforcement arrived. Authorities have confirmed that the man did not make any further threats.

This incident serves as a reminder of the rising concerns about knife crime in the country, with recent incidents in Sydney’s Bondi Westfield shopping center. Anyone with information or footage related to the incident is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria responded to the scene promptly, ensuring the safety of those involved. As investigations continue, the community remains vigilant in response to such alarming events.


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Article Title: Man arrested after allegedly brandishing knife in busy shopping centre
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