Knife-wielding man pinned down by good Samaritans in Sydney

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2019

New South Wales state police said in a statement that they were investigating whether the rampage was linked to the death of a woman whose body was found later in an apartment on the same street as the bar where the injured woman was stabbed.

"He stabbed her. He came running through the street".

Screengrab taken with permission from a video issued by 7 News of a man being tackled with a milk crate and chairs by members of the public in Sydney, Australia, following a knife attack.

"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. Channel Seven stated that the man had recently escaped from a mental health facility.

The Uber driver said he veered to the left on to Clarence Street to remove the man from his roof. Fuller described it as six minutes of "terrifying carnage".

The attack occurred shortly after 2 the corner of King and Clarence street in Sydney's CBD.

Police allege he stabbed one woman, and may have killed another in a separate incident.

The woman's body was found after the man was arrested.

A heavy police presence remains at multiple crime scenes.

But Mr Fuller says Tuesday's rampage is "not now classed as a terrorist incident" by authorities and the "lone actor" had no links to terrorist organisations.

How the Sydney knife attack unfolded How the Sydney knife attack unfolded.

The footage does not show the stabbing, or violence beyond the man being restrained.

The man was allegedly waving a large knife and then jumped back down from the auto roof and into the middle of the road, shouting as his pursuers continued to close in.

Reportedly assisted by axe-wielding firefighters, the men then used a chair to bring down the suspect before restraining his head with a milk crate.

Police and ambulance services were quick to respond on Tuesday afternoon, but members of the public had already taken matters into their own hands.

"To approach a person with [this] mindset. with clear evidence of a stabbing previously, these people are heroes".

He said their actions had prevented others from being hurt.

Jack Huddo, who purportedly witnessed the incident, wrote on Twitter: "A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch".

He said he was known to police but "his history was unremarkable compared to the gravity of the crimes he committed".

Footage posted online of the man yelling reveals an indistinct pronunciation, suggesting he was not an Arabic speaker, nor familiar with the phrase.

Once the crowd had pinned the knife-wielding man down, his arms and shirt covered in blood, others grappled to understand what was happening. He was completely fearless. I can't imagine if he had a gun.

He drove off later witnessing the men giving chase.

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