Two teenage cousins attempted to stop the alleged Bourke Street Mall attacker.

Year 12 students Isaac Tupou, 17, and Tevita Mahina, 17, were at Federation Square for a church youth group event on Friday afternoon.

Isaac and Tevita said they saw a man driving his car in circles at the intersection of Swanston Street and Flinders Street.

“We saw him doing doughnuts and screaming to the crowd and in that moment, I knew he was going to inflict pain or was going to harm someone,” Isaac said.

“So I turned to my cousin and took action because no-one was doing anything”.

The pair used a baseball bat they had been playing with to race towards the driver, reports 9 news.

“The car came at us then I stepped to the side and swung the bat,” Tevita said.

“Then he came back and chased us off.”

He told 9NEWS he had “no idea” of the carnage that allegedly followed their encounter, with five people killed and dozens injured on Bourke Street Mall.

“We should have done more,” Tevita said.

“I wish I had something in my hand too and kept hitting,” Isaac added.

The accused Mr Dimitrious Gargasoulas remains under police guard in hospital.

It is likely he will face multiple counts of murder when he is charged, police said.

Two very brave young men if you ask me!

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  • Pity the guy hadn’t blown up the motor and gear box or transmission, or snapped the axles on the car when he was doing doughnuts and it would have stopped before he reached the mall.


  • As we know what the driver of the car went on to do there are things that you think could have been done BUT if they had been done people wouldnt be so kind. For instance they could have given the baseball bat a good swing and hit the driver of the car in the head which may or may not have killed him but would have saved many innocent lives. We of course would not have known that and without doubt there would be people that would say they were wrong to harm him. He obviously had mental health issues and needed help, etc. But because we know the driver went on to kill and harm many innocent people when we think of it we think it would have been good if someone had done anything at all to stop him.

    I think for these two men even though they will wish they could have done more to stop him it is probably best for them that they didnt do anything super serious because without the knowledge we have today you can be certain there would have been people how wouldnt have been so kind in their thoughts and feelings towards them.

    We can be very harsh in our judgement of people at times.


  • So very brave for trying, so very lucky they didn’t become victims themselves, and such a shame the baseball bat didn’t do enough damage to stop this maniac


  • Well, they tried. In my idea they did their best. What else could they have done against that crazy man? :-(


  • not even close to being their responsibility for stopping that madman but they will punish themselves forever


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