Melbourne crash: driver in Flinders Street incident cited 'mistreatment of Muslims', police say

Acting commander says the man who drove into pedestrians was known to have a mental illness but referred to Muslims in informal interview

The 32 year-old man who drove a white SUV into pedestrians at Melbourne’s busiest intersection outside Flinders Street station “attributed some of his activities due to the mistreatment of Muslims,” police say.

Speaking to ABC news, the acting commander of Victoria police, Shane Patton, said the man was still in police custody in hospital, after being injured when he resisted arrest. Patton said the man would probably be formally interviewed on Friday, but police had spoken to him on Thursday night.

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