Victoria Police have arrested a man for pointing a replica assault rifle at another person in the downtown core early Tuesday morning.
Just after midnight on July 14, VicPD officers were called to a multi-unit temporary housing facility in the 1900 block of Douglas Street for reports of a man pointing an assault rifle at someone.
When officers arrived they found the victim who described the weapon as something that looks like an AK-47.
According to the victim, the man brandished the rifle in the building parking lot and threatened him; the victim was not physically injured.
Officers evacuated a group of people nearby before locating and arresting the suspect.
He is now facing charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
“Under the criminal code, [the definition of] assaulting someone includes causing fear of harm with a weapon, so pointing a firearm can certainly count,” explains VicPD spokesperson Bowen Osoko.
The weapon question was a replica M4 carbine.