Sydney stabbing CBD: Man attacks multiple people

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

Police have confirmed a woman was found dead in a fourth-storey apartment on Clarence St, at 3:15pm.

A man brandishing a large knife chased passersby in Sydney's Central Business District on Tuesday and stabbed at least one woman on the busy street before he was overpowered and taken into custody.

Another woman, who is now in hospital, was stabbed in the back at a hotel about 2pm.

Paramedics found the woman inside Hotel CBD, with a stab wound to her back. (9News) The suspected attacker is hauled away by police in Sydney's CBD.

A short time later, members of the public detained the man before police arrested him.

Superintendent Wood lauded the actions of the bystanders who restrained the alleged offender and called them "heroes".

He said the man had been arrested and "the threat has been negated". A major Police operation is underway in the heart of Sydney with reports of someone being stabbed.

"The investigation is in its infancy, there's a lot to be done".

"Those attempts thankfully were unsuccessful", Wood said. We don't know the causation or the rationale for the attack. I want to acknowledge those members of the public who got involved.

A spokesperson for NSW Fire and Rescue said fire crews were assisting with a police operation in the city.

Police at the scene in Sydney, Australia.

He said he saw police with guns drawn chasing the man.

Police and ambulance officers are at the scene.

"So insane! A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch", @JackHuddo said on Twitter.

An Uber driver said he saw people running away "and next thing I see this guy jumping over the auto, he went over the bonnet, and went on top of the car".

"The male offender was on his own and there was no other person complicit at this stage". They were fearless and I can only use that word seriously.

- Andrew Denney (@Andrew_Denney) August 13, 2019Some psycho just went around stabbing people in Sydney. "He was clearly distressed", Vaux said.

Paul O'Shaughnesy's first thought when he saw a blood-soaked man wielding a knife in the centre of Sydney was for the safety of others.

"They were armed with crowbars and one man had an axe and another man ..."

"People were still quite shocked, they couldn't believe what was happening".

Motorists are being told to avoid the CBD with Clarence Street closed between Market Street and King Street.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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