Megan Gorrey, 04 March 2016

A Narrabundah man who police say threatened a petrol station customer with a fake gun allegedly waved the weapon as he walked towards him and yelled, “Do you want to be shot?”.

Anthony Parraga, 25, faced the ACT Magistrates Court after police responded to reports a man with a firearm was making demands at Fyshwick 7-Eleven about 1.30pm Thursday.

Police facts tendered in court said Parraga had gone into the service station and asked the attendant to call him a taxi.

A short time later, a customer who was checking underneath his car allegedly looked up to see Parraga walking towards him.

He was raising his arm as he held a small, black, pistol-style gun which the customer thought was a real gun.

Parraga allegedly pointed the gun at the man and yelled, “Do you want to be shot?”, and “Give me your car”.

The man stood up and began to back away, but the defendant allegedly kept walking closer until he was about two metres away from him.

He again yelled, “Do you want to be shot?” as he waved the gun in the man’s face, according to court documents.

The customer allegedly replied, “Go tell someone else, mate” before he got in his car, drove off and called the police.

When officers arrived, they noticed a man who matched a description of the alleged offender.

They arrested Parraga and found a black plastic cap gun in a bag he was carrying.

In an interview with police, Parraga said he had purchased the cap gun a week ago as a novelty item to have around the house.

He allegedly told them he removed an orange tip that was around the gun’s barrel to make it look more realistic.

Parraga was charged with attempted aggravated robbery and weapons offences and applied for bail when he faced court on Friday.

He has not yet entered pleas.

Parraga’s defence lawyer argued for his release on grounds there was no evidence before the court to suggest there was a real risk he would reoffend, fail to appear at court or harass and intimidate witnesses.

Prosecutor Anthony Williamson opposed bail and said the man’s offending was “seemingly inexplicable”.

“Clearly something has gone dramatically wrong in the defendant’s life for him to have done this.

“It makes it difficult to impose [bail] conditions when we don’t know what went wrong.”

Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker looked at stills of CCTV footage of the incident that were tendered in court and said the prosecution case appeared to be very strong.

She refused bail on grounds the offences were serious and, given the random nature of the incident, there was a very real risk Parraga could reoffend.

He was remanded in custody and marked a prisoner at risk after the defence raised concerns over his mental health.

The matter will return to court later this month.

Extracted in full from the Canberra Times.

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