The body of convicted rapist Antonio Loguancio has been found
in a bungalow after a two-day siege in Melbourne came to a
Police say the siege escalated about 1pm (AEDT) on Sunday
when a number of shots were fired from the bungalow at the
rear of a property in Glenroy.
The bungalow caught fire around 2pm and firefighters found
Loguancio's body when they extinguished the blaze.
Loguancio had been holed up in the Justin Avenue property
since 7pm on Friday but the standoff came to an end after
loud bangs heard coming from the property were followed by
Ambulances and fire trucks parked outside the house in the
normally quiet suburban street began to leave around 4pm, to
be replaced by homicide squad detectives.
Deputy police commissioner Tim Cartwright said police had
tried to talk Loguancio out of the bungalow throughout the
"His behaviour continued to escalate. At about two o'clock
this afternoon the bungalow was seen to be on fire," he said.
"The fire brigade eventually attended those premises but as
always the safety of the fire brigade was critical.
"When we were eventually able to control the fire, the body
of a man was found inside the premises.
"This is a tragedy. Our aim is always to resolve these
situations with the minimum of injury and loss of life.
"We need to protect the people involved, we need to protect
the members of the public, we need to protect out own
The homicide squad will investigate the death.
The bungalow was in the backyard of a rental property which
is currently listed for sale.
Neighbouring homes were evacuated, as police cars, fire
trucks and paramedics set up outside the house.
Nearby residents crowded along the police tape cordoning off
sections of the street and were repeatedly ordered by police
to stand back during the 45-hour siege.
Throughout Sunday, police used a loudspeaker to communicate
"Come to the front door with nothing in your hands. Walk down
the driveway and you will be met by police," police
negotiators told Loguancio.
Loguancio was alone in the bungalow and emerged briefly at
one stage on Saturday.
Police spotted an object strapped to his body but were unable
to establish if it was a firearm.
Police had described Loguancio as a significant risk to the
community after he breached a supervision order and allegedly
assaulted his partner before going into hiding.
He had threatened to harm himself and others after making
contact with police while on the run.
He was released on a supervision order after being jailed for
12 years for multiple counts of rape, assault and other
Loguancio's best friend, Mick Collett, had spoken to him over
the phone during the standoff and told AAP his mate was not a
"I'm worried he's going to hurt himself," Mr Collett said on
He said Loguancio was agitated and panicky and was worried he
was going to be shot when he spoke to him on Saturday.