A bikie has allegedly threatened a bouncer with a gun after being denied entry to a club in Melbourne’s inner south.
Victoria Police spokesman Sergeant Kris Hamilton said four men and a woman linked to the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang were outside a Fitzroy Street bar in St Kilda when a man allegedly produced a firearm and threatened security at about 12.45am on Sunday.
Although the group was allowed entry, police were called soon after.
When police arrived the gang members fled east down Fitzroy Street before officers found them in a nearby car park. Two knives and a gun were also found, Sergeant Hamilton said.
A 28-year-old Brighton East man, a 29-year-old Heatherton man, a 40-year-old man from Altona Meadows, a 27-year-old Brighton East man and a 29-year-old Langwarrin woman were arrested at the scene.
After being interviewed at the St Kilda police station, all but the Brighton East man were released, pending further investigation.
The 27-year-old Brighton East man was charged with being a prohibited person possessing a firearm. He is expected to face the Melbourne Magistrates Court later on Sunday.
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana said outlaw motorcycle gangs such as the Mongols posed a “significant threat to the community”.
“Over the last 12 months, we’ve probably charged close to 300 members of outlaw motorcycle gangs for 1200 serious offences,” Assistant Commissioner Fontana said.
Referring to the St Kilda incident, the assistant commissioner said the Mongols – who re-branded from the Finks – were trying to increase their base in Victoria, and to “patch over to this international gang”.
“They hunt in packs, and this is just another example of cowardly use of force with weapons … where they’re trying to intimidate and stand over people,” he said.
“We’d ask people who have any information about their criminal activities to please contact Crime Stoppers.”
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