Stripper charged after being mistaken for gunman in Perth’s CBD

A male entertainer caused havoc in the Perth’s CBD on Sunday after concerned workers noticed an armed man outside a jewellery shop and called police.

Nine News Perth reported detectives shut down King Street and swarmed the area after several people raised the alarm there was a man outside Linneys dressed in a SWAT uniform and brandishing an assault rifle.

The 31-year-old explained he was an adult entertainer who had been booked for a nearby party and was preparing his costume in the street.

The outfit allegedly included a gel blaster gun, which is illegal in Western Australia.

He was taken into custody and has since been charged with possessing a prohibited weapon and being armed in a way which may cause fear.

A WA Police spokesman said the Nollamara man would appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

“It will be alleged the man parked his vehicle on King Street and removed a suitcase from the vehicle,” he said.

“It will be further alleged the man placed a gel blaster gun similar in design to an AR-15 assault rifle on the ground next to him and put on a pair of boots and a black military style mesh vest with “SWAT” embossed on the back.

“Members of the public witnessed this at various stages and phoned police fearing the firearm was real.

“Police attended the scene under emergency conditions and arrested the man without incident.

“It was established there was no real threat to the community and the uniform the man was wearing was part of his adult entertainment work attire.”

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