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Dickson chainsaw wielding bandit on a spree

By 28 March 2013 56

ACT Policing has arrested a 34-year-old Dickson man after he entered a commercial premises on Cowlishaw Street, Greenway brandishing a running chainsaw.

Around 3.40pm this afternoon (March 28), police attended Flax House after receiving numerous Triple Zero (000) reports that a man entered the premise armed with a running chainsaw and caused extensive damage.

Due to public safety concerns, Flax House was evacuated while police responded to the incident.
A short time later, Tuggeranong General Duties officers took the man into custody. The man has been conveyed to the ACT Watch House where he will be charged with burglary-related offences.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident and hasn’t already spoken to police, or has information which may assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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56 Responses to
Dickson chainsaw wielding bandit on a spree
LSWCHP 5:56 pm
28 Mar 13
#1

A chainsaw? What the hell is that all about?

bundah 6:15 pm
28 Mar 13
#2

Sounds like he was a little revved up about something!

gooterz 6:23 pm
28 Mar 13
#3

It would seem mental health needs more funding.

Doesn’t sound much like a burglary at all, sounds more like he had an axe to grind.

Ian 6:50 pm
28 Mar 13
#4

WIN news reported tonight that the raider was an ex-employee of whatever dept it was, and he had previously gone there with a gun.

PBO 6:56 pm
28 Mar 13
#5

It was apparently going to be a murder suicide as it was his former workplace, that’s all I am saying for now.

dpm 8:41 pm
28 Mar 13
#6

PBO said :

It was apparently going to be a murder suicide as it was his former workplace, that’s all I am saying for now.

Suicide with a chainsaw – that’s hardcore! The dude sounds seriously messed up. Glad everyone is OK.

Mr Evil 9:16 pm
28 Mar 13
#7

I’m sure he’s sorry for what’s he’s done.

Actually, I’m lead to believe he was saying sorry during his visit to the building – except nobody could hear him over the top of the high revving 2-stroke he had in his hands.

Stevian 10:26 pm
28 Mar 13
#8

Mr Evil said :

I’m sure he’s sorry for what’s he’s done.

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One mind with but a single thought. It’s rather sad really

Mr Evil 10:50 pm
28 Mar 13
#9

Stevian said :

Mr Evil said :

I’m sure he’s sorry for what’s he’s done.

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One mind with but a single thought. It’s rather sad really

I’m sorry, Stevian.

PantsMan 11:37 pm
28 Mar 13
#10

The public service cuts will be much worse under an Abbott Government.

LumpySpacePrincess 12:44 am
29 Mar 13
#11

Pretty sure the intention was to have the police shoot him rather than to kill himself with the chainsaw. If he was anywhere other than the ACT they probably would have too.
The mental health system leaves a lot to be desired, especially when you consider how many people can be affected when one person doesn’t get the help they need.
While no one was hurt physically, I’m sure there will be some long term emotional effects for some. What a traumatic experience!

LumpySpacePrincess 12:50 am
29 Mar 13
#12

Surely he will be charged with more than burglary related offences, he threatened people with a deadly weapon FFS!

steveu 6:55 am
29 Mar 13
#13

gooterz said :

It would seem mental health needs more funding.

Doesn’t sound much like a burglary at all, sounds more like he had an axe to grind.

i think also if they spent a bit of the time examining the rights of the community to feel safe instead of just only considering the rights of the patient, this sort of thing may not have got to this point.

goggles13 8:45 am
29 Mar 13
#14

how does an ex-employee get past security with a chainsaw?

Tooks 8:55 am
29 Mar 13
#15

gooterz said :

It would seem mental health needs more funding.

Doesn’t sound much like a burglary at all, sounds more like he had an axe to grind.

??? It falls under the very definition of burglary. Plus he’ll no doubt be charged with possessing an offensive weapon with intent.

FioBla 9:38 am
29 Mar 13
#16

I am a Jedi! I am a Jedi!

tr0jan 9:52 am
29 Mar 13
#17

goggles13 said :

how does an ex-employee get past security with a chainsaw?

Hmm.. I’d say by waving around the chainsaw?

tr0jan 9:53 am
29 Mar 13
#18

goggles13 said :

how does an ex-employee get past security with a chainsaw?

I’d say by waving around said chainsaw

Grumpy Old Fart 10:06 am
29 Mar 13
#19

goggles13 said :

how does an ex-employee get past security with a chainsaw?

Anyway he wants to if the chainsaw is running!!

ScienceRules 10:26 am
29 Mar 13
#20

goggles13 said :

how does an ex-employee get past security with a chainsaw?

Clearly we must equip all security personnel with TWO chainsaws. It’s the only rational response.

LumpySpacePrincess 12:57 pm
29 Mar 13
#21

goggles13 said :

how does an ex-employee get past security with a chainsaw?

There was no security to get passed. Just a glass door you need a pass to open….. Or a chainsaw

bundah 1:31 pm
29 Mar 13
#22

We now have news that the mother of chainsaw man has apologised to those affected and mentioned that her son has been mentally ill for quite sometime.She said that they approached mental health on a number of occasions and apparently they failed to act.

Yet another one that has slipped through the cracks!

gooterz 3:29 pm
29 Mar 13
#23

bundah said :

We now have news that the mother of chainsaw man has apologised to those affected and mentioned that her son has been mentally ill for quite sometime.She said that they approached mental health on a number of occasions and apparently they failed to act.

Yet another one that has slipped through the cracks!

Why does mentally I’ll persons have access to a chainsaw?

Anyone know which place this was? There’s a real estate agent and used to be a coffee shop on one side. Or was it the upstairs place?

If he used to work there he can’t be that mentally ill?

Ko. 4:04 pm
29 Mar 13
#24

gooterz said :

bundah said :

We now have news that the mother of chainsaw man has apologised to those affected and mentioned that her son has been mentally ill for quite sometime.She said that they approached mental health on a number of occasions and apparently they failed to act.

Yet another one that has slipped through the cracks!

Why does mentally I’ll persons have access to a chainsaw?

Anyone know which place this was? There’s a real estate agent and used to be a coffee shop on one side. Or was it the upstairs place?

If he used to work there he can’t be that mentally ill?

umm?

Pork Hunt 4:20 pm
29 Mar 13
#25

gooterz said :

bundah said :

We now have news that the mother of chainsaw man has apologised to those affected and mentioned that her son has been mentally ill for quite sometime.She said that they approached mental health on a number of occasions and apparently they failed to act.

Yet another one that has slipped through the cracks!

Why does mentally I’ll persons have access to a chainsaw?

Anyone know which place this was? There’s a real estate agent and used to be a coffee shop on one side. Or was it the upstairs place?

If he used to work there he can’t be that mentally ill?

People can go to a hardware store and buy all manner of items such as rope, cutting tools, power tools, chainsaws and digging tools (they come in handy for body disposal purposes).
I once saw a mentally ill person buying an axe and to my shock and horror, no checks were made.
This made me follow them home so that I knew where they lived incase the axe was meant for me.
When in line at Bunnings, I often look at other people in an effort to identify the nutters.

http://www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/

bigfeet 5:17 pm
29 Mar 13
#26

LumpySpacePrincess said :

Surely he will be charged with more than burglary related offences, he threatened people with a deadly weapon FFS!

Actually this is exactly what burglary is…. Entering a premises as a trespasser with intent to cause harm to anyone in the building…(S311(1)(b) ACT Criminal Code)

And the fact that he was armed makes it aggravated burglary (Sect 312 ACT Criminal Code)…which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.

So it is a very serious offence. And probably the most appropriate offence.

Ozi 5:22 pm
29 Mar 13
#27

Pork Hunt said :

People can go to a hardware store and buy all manner of items such as rope, cutting tools, power tools, chainsaws and digging tools (they come in handy for body disposal purposes).
I once saw a mentally ill person buying an axe and to my shock and horror, no checks were made.
This made me follow them home so that I knew where they lived incase the axe was meant for me.
When in line at Bunnings, I often look at other people in an effort to identify the nutters.

http://www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/

Yeah, following him home would have definitely made him less paranoid. Well played. Poor bloke probably just wanted to cut down a tree.

I think we need another amendment to our laws (lets call it the second amendment) which allows everyone to carry a chainsaw for personal protection, and maybe allow licences to be issued for “covert carry” chainsaws. Only then will society be safe.

steveu 5:30 pm
29 Mar 13
#28

bigfeet said :

So it is a very serious offence. And probably the most appropriate offence.

There is no doubt that the person is suffering a mental illness, and presumably at the height of an episode – so how would the courts see that in terms of judgement (and if so, sentencing?) Asking the question thats all.

Walker 11:34 pm
29 Mar 13
#29

Pork Hunt said :

gooterz said :

bundah said :

We now have news that the mother of chainsaw man has apologised to those affected and mentioned that her son has been mentally ill for quite sometime.She said that they approached mental health on a number of occasions and apparently they failed to act.

Yet another one that has slipped through the cracks!

Why does mentally I’ll persons have access to a chainsaw?

Anyone know which place this was? There’s a real estate agent and used to be a coffee shop on one side. Or was it the upstairs place?

If he used to work there he can’t be that mentally ill?

People can go to a hardware store and buy all manner of items such as rope, cutting tools, power tools, chainsaws and digging tools (they come in handy for body disposal purposes).
I once saw a mentally ill person buying an axe and to my shock and horror, no checks were made.
This made me follow them home so that I knew where they lived incase the axe was meant for me.
When in line at Bunnings, I often look at other people in an effort to identify the nutters.

http://www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/

Hardware stores also supply mirrors.

BimboGeek 1:12 am
30 Mar 13
#30

How can anyone be shocked and horrified to learn that unrestricted hardware is sold without restriction? I mean, one might not feel comfortable supplying a chainsaw to someone who seems “odd” but one is not a trained and licensed psychiatrist. Can you imagine the headlines if a shop asked a man buying an axe to prove that he wasn’t planning on using it in battle?

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