dramatic scenes in South Melbourne as police
searched and arrested two Bandido members,
including Toby Mitchell. Picture: Nicole
Herald Sun photographer
describes dramatic arrest
Photographer Nicole Cleary
tells how police swooped on
two Bandido members in South
TWO Bandidos were arrested at gunpoint in
dramatic scenes after Toby Mitchell was allegedly
embroiled in a fight over a woman.
Mitchell is arrested in South Melbourne.
Picture: Nicole Cleary Herald Sun
Mitchell and several bikie associates
turned up at South Melbourne's Star Bar and allegedly had an
altercation with another man.
Mitchell and another Bandido member were
arrested by plain-clothed and uniform police with guns drawn
after they spotted him in his black sports Commodore near
South Melbourne Market and intercepted him.
Mitchell and his associate, 32, from
Reservoir, were arrested a short distance from where the
alleged attack took place about 1.15pm.
Neither Mitchell nor the other Bandido,
who were both wearing Bandido supporter gear, resisted
They were later released without charge.
Earlier, handcuffed and sitting in the
gutter, Mitchell looked bemused as police searched his car,
confiscating a large framed Bandido motif sporting a
A gold mobile phone and other items were
also seized and put in plastic bags.
Dozens of shoppers looked shocked as the
pair was bundled into a police car.
The club's national sergeant-at-arms and
the other bikie were taken to St Kilda police station, where
they were quizzed by Echo taskforce detectives.
Mitchell, who's been shot in two incidents
since November 2011, is a regular Clarendon St patron.
He has become one of the nation's most
notable bikie figures following a failed attempt to kill him
outside Doherty's Gym, Brunswick, next to the Bandidos'
A Hells Angels ambush on members of the
Bandidos outside the Diablos clubhouse in Melton on March 1
left Mitchell with a bullet wound to the arm.
Only Mitchell was shot, despite more than
30 rounds being fired indiscriminately.
Police fear that attack has the hallmarks
of an attack by new members and associates of the Hells
It sparked the clubs to declare war and
prompted the establishment of the police force's Operation
Resound, which has executed dozens of search warrants on
bikie clubhouses and members' and associates' properties.
The Herald Sun understands
high-ranking Bandidos - at least two from each chapter -
were ordered to attend a compulsory meeting at the weekend
after pressure was applied from Sydney senior members about
leadership problems within Victorian ranks.
Several members of the gang have been
disenchanted over their response to attacks on the club.
Police intelligence shows there has been
huge growth in outlaw bikie numbers and clubhouses in
Mitchell caused waves when he began a
relationship with underworld associate Danielle McGuire.
McGuire visited Mitchell in hospital after he was shot five
times in 2011.