(Cst. Cam MacIntyre holds replice M4 carbine assault rifle seized during the arrest/VicPD)

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.