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Vic fugitive in court for brother’s murder

By AAP Newswire

One of Australia's most wanted fugitives Jonathan Dick has fronted court in Melbourne charged with the murder of his brother David.

With his face still bloodied, Dick was charged with one count of murder at Melbourne's magistrate court on Monday night.

Dick was arrested on Monday morning following two years on the run after allegedly murdering his brother David with a sword at a Melbourne shopping centre in February 2017.

His mother Carol Cloke earlier said she was grateful her surviving son was found alive after his bloody citizen's arrest in a Melbourne laneway.

"I'm overwhelmed by the news this morning that my son has been found. All I ever wanted was for him to be found alive and I feel comfort in that," she said in a statement.

Ms Cloke thanked her friends, family and police who had supported her through the past two-and-a-half years since David's death.

"I have never felt alone during this because of their support," she said.

Dick was arrested on Monday morning after an assault in Melbourne's CBD on the corner of Flinders Street and Hosier Lane shortly before 7.50am.

Police arrived after reports two men had restrained a third.

A bloodied Dick was taken to hospital under police guard, while two other men also injured in the incident are helping police with their investigation.

Part of Hosier Lane and the neighbouring car park were taped off as detectives investigated.

A red-handled, curved knife and what appeared to be blood were seen on the ground in the car park entrance.

Last year a $100,000 reward was issued for information leading to Dick's arrest over his brother's murder and an attack on a man with a hammer five months later.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton commended the three people who performed a citizen's arrest to capture Dick and said they may be considered for the reward.

"We're grateful that they weren't significantly injured in that process. It seems that he was known to one of the people that have been part of that arrest," Mr Ashton said.

"We strongly believe that he represented a significant risk to community safety while he was out and about.

"He didn't rely on his regular network of people that we knew about. (It) seems as though in recent times he's been sleeping rough and that's made the task even more challenging."

Police had repeatedly released CCTV of Dick in a bid to find him, as well photos of his tattoos: a Wolverine versus Sabretooth tattoo on his right thigh, and an Incredible Hulk tattoo on his left calf.

He is expected back in court on Tuesday.