Craig William Johnson charged after allegedly wielding samurai sword in South Tamworth

Charges laid: Tamworth police seized the sword and a knife during the arrest.

Charges laid: Tamworth police seized the sword and a knife during the arrest.

A MAN charged with wielding a samurai sword in a Tamworth carpark will undergo a mental health assessment following his arrest.

Craig William Johnson is facing charges of affray, behaving in an offensive manner, custody of a knife in a  public place, possess prohibited drug, carry a cutting weapon upon apprehension and resist police.

Police were called to a carpark off Dampier St after reports the 30-year-old man was waving a samurai sword at about 4.10pm on Monday.

The accused allegedly left and police were called to Coorong St after reports a man matching the description had allegedly threatened residents.

About 4.40pm, police found the man in a vehicle in the Kinarra and Garden Streets area before he allegedly lashed out at police.

Police allege he kicked and struck out at officers, thrashing his body, while armed with a knife strapped to his body. He was eventually subdued with capsicum spray.

Johnson was charged and the sword and a knife were seized by police.

The man remains in custody.