Hammer-wielding man smashes van windscreen in road rage incident at Melbourne shopping centre

Footage has been released of a man armed with a hammer smashing the windscreen of an Armaguard van in a road rage attack at a Melbourne shopping centre.

Police swarmed Newmarket Plaza in Flemington following the incident at about 1.05pm on Friday.

Investigators believe a white cash logistics vehicle was driving along Racecourse Road and went to turn into the shopping centre car park when a red hatchback nearly collided with the van.

Footage has been released of a man smashing the windscreen of a van. (Victoria Police)

Police said a hammer-wielding man then approached the van and remonstrated with the driver, before smashing his side window and front windscreen with the weapon.

The cash logistics driver was forced to draw his gun, while the man returned to the boot of his red hatchback and then fled the scene.

Police said the legally-issued gun was not fired.

The window of an Armaguard van has been smashed with a hammer in a road rage incident in Flemington. (Nine)
The van’s window has been smashed as police remain at the Flemington plaza. (Nine)

Shoppers and onlookers watched on in horror, but the driver and the passenger inside the van were not physically injured in the attack.

Late on Friday night, police said a 64-year-old Kensington man was arrested after he presented himself to a police station.

He was charged with criminal damage, unlawful assault and assault with weapon.

Police are searching for a man after a shopping centre road rage incident. (Nine)

He was bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on May 3.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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