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Knife-waving man arrested after incident at Busby Centre

Police responded Sunday afternoon and arrested suspect nearby after officers were able to de-escalate the situation
The Busby Centre is located at 88 Mulcaster St., in downtown Barrie. | Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday files

City police are not reporting any injuries after responding to a call about a man armed with a knife at the Busby Centre in downtown Barrie, Sunday afternoon.

Shortly before 1 p.m., Sept. 24, police were called about a knife-wielding man who was reportedly "waving it in a dangerous manner" at the Mulcaster Street homeless shelter, near the city's downtown.

"The male had reportedly left the area on foot, but was located a short distance away by responding officers," stated a social media post by the department.

After a brief interaction, police say officers were able to de-escalated the situation and took the man into custody.

A 38-year-old man, of no fixed address, was taken to Barrie Police Headquarters on Fairview Drive where the investigation continued.

He now faces several charges, including seven counts of failing to comply with a probation order, causing a disturbance, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and assaulting a peace officer with a weapon.

The accused was held for a bail hearing, which was scheduled to take place by video on Monday.