Fitness fanatic is reported to the police for wearing a practice vest at a park – because panicked spectators thought he was wearing a BOM
- The man's weighted exercise vest was mistaken for a bomb during training in the park
- The police approached Mount Gambier man Setio Shanahan after a tip from the public
- He quickly realized that he was not a threat, but said the viewer was right to report it
- The police urged the public to be alert, but not alerted and to report unusual activities
- Mr. Shanahan saw the funny side when he later went to Facebook about an incident
A fitness session on Sunday morning almost ended in arrest for a man after his training equipment was mistaken for a bomb vest by a spectator.
Indonesian-born Setio Shanahan was wearing a 50-padded practice vest at Mount Gambier's Railway Lands park in South Australia on Sunday, when he was shocked by his life when he was approached by the police.
Officers had received a report on suspicious behavior, but soon realized that it was a false alarm and that Shanahan did not present itself as a terrorist threat.
Setio Shanahan, who was born in Indonesia, was training in a 50-kilo-weighted exercise vest at Mount Gambier & # 39; s Railway Lands park in South Australia
& # 39; Although there was no cause for concern, the police would rather report unusual behavior to the public so that patrols can be present to make an assessment & # 39 ;, Lim Halein Chief Inspector Phil Hoff said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; The police want to reassure residents of Mount Gambier that we live in a very safe city, but that doesn't mean we are excluded from that threat.
& # 39; All you have to do is look at the recent Christchurch event, which is also considered a very safe place. The public is asked to be alert, but not alarmed. & # 39;
The police quickly realized that Shanahan (photo) was not a terrorist threat, but said the viewer was right what he saw on Sunday morning.
A relieved Mr. Shanahan saw the funny side of his ordeal when he later went to Facebook and shared a picture of himself with the vest.
& # 39; So the police called on a concerned member to claim that a colored man had a bomb jacket while on his phone. Interesting morning, & he posted.
& # 39; Do not be colored and wear a weight vest only in the gym. & # 39;
Responses from family and friends to the post ranged from concern to entertainment.
& # 39; If you don't & # 39; was colored & # 39; would the reaction have been the same? That is the same as saying: & # 39; I am not racist, but! & # 39; his adoptive mother Jan Shanahan posted.
& # 39; It happens too often, even though people don't like it. & # 39;
Mr. Shanahan saw the funny side when he later went to Facebook about the incident
Others saw the funny side.
& # 39; You are now on a checklist, & # 39; a friend joked.
Just another joke: & # 39; always dress well for the occasion. & # 39;
Officers had received a report on suspicious behavior, but soon realized that it was a false alarm and that Shanahan did not present itself as a terrorist threat. Pictured: Railway Lands park in South Australia
Shanahan describes himself on his Facebook page as an athlete who lives in a shapeless body.
He told the local newspaper Border Watch he used the weighted vest during training for his future aspirations to become a member of the police.
Mr. Shanahan is not the first man to mistake a terrorist threat this year.
A busker was mistaken for a shooter led to a massive evacuation of Melbourne & # 39; s busy Flagstaff station in March after commuters exchanged his instrument bag for a gun bag.
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