Greg Luehmann is in custody following a siege at Allied Pickford in Paget. The man threatened to blow up the business following an alleged money dispute with the company.
Greg Luehmann is in custody following a siege at Allied Pickford in Paget. The man threatened to blow up the business following an alleged money dispute with the company. Peter Holt

Man charged over Mackay siege

GREG Luehmann threatened to blow up a Paget business causing fear, economic damage and major disruption to Mackay's industrial hub yesterday.

Police this morning said a 44-year-old man had been charged with several offences after the seven-hour siege, which began just after 8am.

"The local man has been charged with one count each of extortion, arson, wilful damage and enter premises with intent," a spokesman said.

"He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today."

The disgruntled former Allied Pickford employee barricaded himself in the building on Central Park Drive with gas cylinders and fuel for seven hours yesterday.

He threatened to blow up the building causing a major evacuation of nearby businesses and closure of major streets.

He has claimed he is owed money by the company. A spokesperson for Allied Pickford yesterday said the matter "appeared" to have arisen out of a protracted civil dispute between the two parties.

After six hours of negotiation with police, Mr Luehmann, dressed in orange, lit a fire inside the building before exiting and surrendering shortly after 3pm.

"I'm glad no persons were injured; no police or members of the public were injured so that's the main thing," Inspector Andy Graham said.

Mr Luehmann was arrested and taken to Mackay police station for questioning yesterday afternoon.


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