VicPD cruiser
(courtesy VicPD)

VicPD arrested a man Thursday morning who broke two windows at a downtown apartment building and threatened occupants inside with a hammer.

Officers were called to the 700-block of Herald Street shortly before 7 a.m. to check on the well-being of a man.

A woman reported that the man was acting in a paranoid manner on the street and indicating that people were trying to harm him.

His behaviour escalated and the woman moved to a safe location in the lobby of a nearby multi-unit residential building.

Staff at the building locked the two glass doors at the entrance out of concern for their safety. The man then brandished a hammer and smashed the doors to gain entry.

He then chased after three women who ran from the lobby.

Officers responded immediately and arrested the man. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the glass and was taken to hospital for treatment and mental health assessment under section 28 of the Mental Health Act.

He remains in hospital.

The victims were not physically injured.

Police say the file remains under investigation and they are considering charges of mischief over $5,000 and assault with a weapon.