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Boy, 15, charged with attempted murder after CBD rampage

  • Police arrested a teen and shut down part of Flinders Street in Melbourne CBD
  • Footy fans were flocking to Melbourne's city centre to see the AFL Grand Final 
  • A witness attempted to stop the teen by throwing his bicycle under his vehicle
  • The suspect then got out of his car dressed in black waving a baton and a knife 
  • Police tried to pepper spray the teen before he ran at them and then used a taser 
  • He was on Sunday charged with attempted murder and reckless conduct

By Sam Duncan and Nic White For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 21:33 EDT, 30 September 2017 | Updated: 21:33 EDT, 30 September 2017

A 15-year-old boy who allegedly tried to mow down fans on their way to the AFL Grand Final has been charged with attempted murder.

A hero witness threw a bicycle under the car to stop the teenager driving onto the footpath as footy fans were pouring into the area about 8am on Saturday.

The motorist - dressed in a helmet and black full-body suit - then got out waving a knife and baton before being pinned down and arrested by armed police.

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The suspect was reportedly driving a green Toyota Rav4 (pictured) up and down Swanston Street
The suspect was reportedly driving a green Toyota Rav4 (pictured) up and down Swanston Street

The suspect was reportedly driving a green Toyota Rav4 (pictured) up and down Swanston Street

Police tasered the driver after wind and the teenager's helmet rendered initial attempts to use pepper spray ineffective.

He was taken to hospital and on Sunday charged with attempted murder and reckless conduct, and will face the Children's Court at a later date.

Witnesses said the teen was on a 'mission to kill' and would have killed somebody if he had not been stopped.

The suspect was reportedly driving a green Toyota Rav4 with a red P-plate up and down Swanston Street.

The area is now a crime scene (pictured), and the bomb squad was called in to examine the car
The area is now a crime scene (pictured), and the bomb squad was called in to examine the car

The area is now a crime scene (pictured), and the bomb squad was called in to examine the car

A witness said the teenager was tasered by police and taken into custody, The Herald Sun reported. 

'He was trying to get on the footpath and then started trying to hit people. He tried to run into Fed Square,' the man said.

'He was going mad, he was driving up and down on the road.'

Witness Jolon Cooke said the teenager drove straight at him.

'He swerved and tried to run me over. He dead set tried to kill me,' Mr Cooke told ABC News. 

A bicycle, believed to be a share-hire bike, was thrown under the car by a witness trying to stop the rampage
A bicycle, believed to be a share-hire bike, was thrown under the car by a witness trying to stop the rampage

A bicycle, believed to be a share-hire bike, was thrown under the car by a witness trying to stop the rampage

Witness Jolon Cooke said the teenager (pictured) drove straight at him. 'He swerved and tried to run me over,' Mr Cooke
Witness Jolon Cooke said the teenager (pictured) drove straight at him. 'He swerved and tried to run me over,' Mr Cooke

Witness Jolon Cooke said the teenager (pictured) drove straight at him. 'He swerved and tried to run me over,' Mr Cooke

Nik Jerkovic said if the man in his 20s who threw an oBike under the car had not done so he would have been killed (pictured is the arrest)
Nik Jerkovic said if the man in his 20s who threw an oBike under the car had not done so he would have been killed (pictured is the arrest)

Nik Jerkovic said if the man in his 20s who threw an oBike under the car had not done so he would have been killed (pictured is the arrest)

Mr Jerkovic said the teenager's (pictured) outfit, which he described as a cross between military and riot gear, was 'extremely threatening'
Mr Jerkovic said the teenager's (pictured) outfit, which he described as a cross between military and riot gear, was 'extremely threatening'

Mr Jerkovic said the teenager's (pictured) outfit, which he described as a cross between military and riot gear, was 'extremely threatening'

Nik Jerkovic said if the man in his 20s who threw an oBike under the car had not done so he would have been killed.

'He was on mission to kill,' he said. 

Mr Jerkovic said the teen's outfit, which he described as a cross between military and riot gear, was 'extremely threatening'. 

Fabian Wright said it took up to eight police officers to restrain the driver and take him into custody. 

Video footage has emerged of the moment police subdued and handcuffed the driver (pictured)
Video footage has emerged of the moment police subdued and handcuffed the driver (pictured)

Video footage has emerged of the moment police subdued and handcuffed the driver (pictured)

Video footage has emerged of the moment police subdued and handcuffed the driver (pictured)
Video footage has emerged of the moment police subdued and handcuffed the driver (pictured)

Video footage has emerged of the moment police subdued and handcuffed the driver (pictured)

A witness attempted to stop the driver by throwing his bicycle under the car (pictured) to stop him driving onto the footpath
A witness attempted to stop the driver by throwing his bicycle under the car (pictured) to stop him driving onto the footpath

A witness attempted to stop the driver by throwing his bicycle under the car (pictured) to stop him driving onto the footpath

'He got out of the car and attacked the police... with a steel baton. Then they tasered him,' he told The Age. 

Another onlooker, Jason Smith, said the car was skidding and doing burnouts before the driver got out and started walking in circles looking agitated. 

'He was all in black with a black helmet and a black backpack, looked like a terrorist,' said Mr Smith.

Stefanie Rezzaro said the driver looked 'really young' and police removed his boots and backpack. 

Acting Superintendent Wayne Newman said the incident was not terror-related, and police believe the suspect has a mental health issue (pictured are police at the scene)
Acting Superintendent Wayne Newman said the incident was not terror-related, and police believe the suspect has a mental health issue (pictured are police at the scene)

Acting Superintendent Wayne Newman said the incident was not terror-related, and police believe the suspect has a mental health issue (pictured are police at the scene)

Police were alerted by numerous Triple-Zero calls and began monitoring the suspect on CCTV
Police were alerted by numerous Triple-Zero calls and began monitoring the suspect on CCTV

Police were alerted by numerous Triple-Zero calls and began monitoring the suspect on CCTV

The incident comes as Melbourne (pictured) fills up with footy fans for the AFL Grand Final
The incident comes as Melbourne (pictured) fills up with footy fans for the AFL Grand Final

The incident comes as Melbourne (pictured) fills up with footy fans for the AFL Grand Final

The area is now a crime scene, and the bomb squad was called in to examine the car.

Acting Superintendent Wayne Newman said the incident was not terror-related, and police believe the suspect has a mental health issue.

He said police were alerted by numerous Triple-Zero calls and began monitoring the driver on CCTV.

'A member of the public intervened trying to stop the driver from continuing and threw one of the hire bikes towards the vehicle,' he said. 

Victoria Police are seen at the scene where earlier a teenager, allegedly armed with a knife, drove erratically near Melbourne Federation Square
Victoria Police are seen at the scene where earlier a teenager, allegedly armed with a knife, drove erratically near Melbourne Federation Square

Victoria Police are seen at the scene where earlier a teenager, allegedly armed with a knife, drove erratically near Melbourne Federation Square

The street closure is expected to cause delays for fans travelling to the MCG (pictured is the bomb squad examining the scene)
The street closure is expected to cause delays for fans travelling to the MCG (pictured is the bomb squad examining the scene)

The street closure is expected to cause delays for fans travelling to the MCG (pictured is the bomb squad examining the scene)

Police have arrested a teenager doing doughnuts and attempting to run people over in Melbourne's central business district
Police have arrested a teenager doing doughnuts and attempting to run people over in Melbourne's central business district

Police have arrested a teenager doing doughnuts and attempting to run people over in Melbourne's central business district

'He [the suspect] wasn't making any threatening remarks ... his behaviour was erratic and concerning police, and we felt it appropriate to use the force we used.' 

The incident comes as Melbourne fills up with footy fans for the AFL Grand Final.

Streets have since reopened to trams and traffic.

Bollards have been put in place in Melbourne's CBD ahead of the Grand Final and as a response to January's Bourke Street rampage.

Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 26, allegedly drove a stolen car onto footpaths in the city centre, killing six pedestrians and injuring dozens on January 20.

Victoria Police are seen at the scene where earlier a teenager, allegedly armed with a knife, drove erratically near Melbourne Federation Square
Victoria Police are seen at the scene where earlier a teenager, allegedly armed with a knife, drove erratically near Melbourne Federation Square

Victoria Police are seen at the scene where earlier a teenager, allegedly armed with a knife, drove erratically near Melbourne Federation Square

The area was cordoned off after the suspect was pinned down and arrested by police, and the bomb squad was called (pictured)
The area was cordoned off after the suspect was pinned down and arrested by police, and the bomb squad was called (pictured)

The area was cordoned off after the suspect was pinned down and arrested by police, and the bomb squad was called (pictured)

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