Man charged after knife-wielding Brisbane airport rampage

A ranting, knife-wielding man who shut down Australia's Brisbane airport during a violent rampage has been charged with numerous offences.

The 50-year-old man of Middle Eastern origin has been charged with one count each of contravene a domestic violence order, stalking with a weapon, stealing and serious assault on police.

He's also been charged with two counts each of making a false statement which can be inferred that there is a plan to damage or destroy a commonwealth air navigation facility, bomb hoax, and common assault.

The incident began just before 9pm (local time) on Saturday when he was involved in an altercation with a female family member.

He then placed a metal object on a table and claimed it was a bomb, before chasing her around with a knife.

The suspicious device which shut down Brisbane Airport.
The suspicious device which shut down Brisbane Airport. Photo credit: Queensland Police Service / Supplied

Police locked down the airport and used non-lethal beanbag rounds to bring him to a halt.

"I have absolutely no doubt that was a terrifying experience for the members of the public that saw that," Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford told reporters.

"What he was saying, what he was doing, was certainly terrifying."

More areas in Surfers Paradise were placed in lockdown after his arrest as police feared improvised explosive devices may have been placed. Nothing explosive was located.


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