A 55-year-old Malaysian man has been charged with making threats to kill, making false statements and making false reports to police after an incident that saw hundreds of people evacuated from Crown Melbourne on Wednesday.
The man, wearing a backpack, was reported to have been acting erratically and made threats to police that resulted in bomb squad officers being deployed to the scene.
The incident, on the first floor of the complex, sparked widespread panic after an automated text message was sent to staff to immediately evacuate the premises. Bomb squad officers sent in a robot to inspect the area before arresting the man once it was determined that he posed no significant threat.
The area was declared safe soon afterwards and patrons allowed to re-enter.
Speaking to media afterwards, Acting Commander David Clayton said, “It was the way he was acting and behaving … he complied with the police request when we arrested him.”