Australian Police Investigate Report Man Armed With Knife In Sydney

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

A knife-wielding man with a history of mental illness who is suspected of killing one woman and stabbing another in Sydney, Australia was stopped when members of the public were able to pin him on his back using a milk crate, authorities said.

The man who allegedly went on a stabbing rampage in Sydney's CBD is believed to be escaped mental health patient Mert Ney.

Superintendent Gavin Wood of NSW police said the bystanders who apprehended the men were "significantly fearless people".

The blood-spattered man climbed atop a Mercedes-Benz at a stoplight in downtown Sydney and held a knife in the air.

"From everything we have at the moment, there are no links with him to any terrorist organisations, no information that he was working on behalf of anyone else, but reinforcing that this investigation is live and ongoing", Fuller said. "I thought it was a scene from a television crime show but that quickly turned out not to be the case".

The injured woman was taken to St Vincent's hospital in a stable condition.

Police have released a statement, saying: "Police and NSW Ambulance paramedics located a woman inside a hotel, who had a stab wound. They were significantly courageous people".

Lee Cuthbert, Paul O'Shaughnessy and Luke O'Shaughnessy, all from Manchester, said they heard shouts from the street below their office in the Map Talent recruitment agency and ran down to investigate.

"Those are significantly fearless people", New South Wales Police Superintendent Gavin Wood said at a press conference Tuesday.

A witness told reporters that the man was screaming comments about religion, before yelling to police that he wanted to be shot.

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said four men chased a man seen with a butcher knife in the city center around 2pm local time before apprehending him.

Roberts, who also gave chase to the alleged offender said the experience was frightening.

Police are now searching his home.

Two women were stabbed-one fatally-in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, before a male suspect was tackled by "the highest order of heroes".

NSW Police Superintendent Gavin Wood praised the group who subdued the armed man as courageous.

It appears the man in question has been arrested.

"He jumped on the roof of the vehicle behind us", he said.

Police are yet to confirm any other injuries but are due to update the media shortly.

"Luke's straight in there on top of him and I'm looking at the scene going "there's a big knife there which is covered in blood".

Walker said the man with the chair, whom he identified as a bank worker, had used the chair "like a lion tamer", trying to turn the man around as he ran through the city streets.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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