A second man, 24, was seen filming the incident and was found to be carrying a bag with knifes in it.
He was also arrested, but police believe he had no links to the incident.
and take somebody into custody not knowing what he is risking himself — it is heroic," he said.
perpetrated against innocent bystanders," he said."But at the same time we have seen in the worst of times extraordinary courage, bravery and that Victorian spirit where people unknown to each other have extended a hand of care and friendship and love.""When the police arrived, which was probably after about two to three minutes at the most, they arrested the driver."Sarah, 18, and a friend said they got off a train at Flinders Street Station and saw people crying."It was scary because we didn't know what was going on," Sarah said.Of the 19 admitted to hospital, 15 are in a stable condition — including a four-year-old boy and the driver — and four are in a critical condition.Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said the man was arrested by an "heroic" off-duty police officer."To step in when you see that trauma, not understanding what the threat is …Police say a man accused of deliberately crashing a car into pedestrians outside Melbourne's Flinders Street train station, sending 19 people to hospital and creating peak-hour chaos, has a history of assault, drug use and mental health issues.
Police said the driver was a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan descent, and was known to police, but was not on bail at the time of the incident.
Force and coercion are common, and security officials state they are unable to end such practices because many of the men involved in bacha bazi-related activities are powerful and well-armed warlords.