A woman has been arrested after she allegedly spat on and punched a security guard at a busy shopping centre in Melbourne.
Police allege the woman was seen shoplifting at Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre in Richmond just before 2pm on Monday.
The security guard approached the woman, before she allegedly attacked.
Several people witnessed the incident and held the woman down until police arrived on the scene, police say.
The security guard did not require hospital treatment.
Police interviewed the woman, who is expected to be charged on summons with unlawful assault.