Sydney stabbing: British 'heroes' who tackled knifeman

The troops plunging to the ground

The man is believed to be responsible for the slaying a woman in a downtown Sydney apartment before wounding another woman nearby and attempting to stab other people Tuesday.

The body of the s*x worker was discovered in a block of flats just yards from where the man emerged in the street covered in blood with a foot-long knife.

The O'Shaughnessy brothers chased Mert Ney.

The woman was taken to the hospital and is reportedly in a stable condition.

The Wall Street Journal reported, "Television images showed a young man in a bloodied shirt and black hooded sweatshirt being chased through the streets".

A man has described through tears how his brother and a stranger "bravely" held down a knife-wielding man using a milk crate and chairs.

Cuthbert said Luke, with the help of another man, "managed to get him down on to the floor and pin him down" with chairs and a plastic crate before police arrived.

Paramedics found a woman with a stab wound taking refuge in a nearby hotel.

The alleged offender, also suffering injuries, was taken to hospital, but was expected to be transferred to a police station overnight and charged, likely with murder and serious assault charges. "So we went down the escalator, ran out, and you could see all the public on this side of the road and we were like, 'Where is he?'" Paul said.

'People were chasing him by that stage.

"One guy wanted to kill him, but the fireys tried to settle him down".


A woman who answered the phone at a Subway store near the scene told Reuters: "We saw the person with a knife over there bleeding".

A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch.

A witness named David told ABC News about five or six people chased the man down.

Uber driver Leon Baghani said the assailant, clutching a knife, jumped on the hood and then the roof of his Mercedes as he was driving an elderly couple on the street where the violence occurred. "I thought it was a scene from a television crime show but that quickly turned out not to be the case".

When the man fell he dropped a knife into the gutter.

"A number of members of the public physically restrained the offender", Superintendent Gavin Wood said.

'And I want to acknowledge those people, those members of the public who got involved.

"It does not surprise me that they acted the way they did in order to protect others. They were significantly courageous people", he said.

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

"They were fearless and I can only use that word seriously - they were significantly courageous people", he said.

"These people, these members of the public, going about their daily business have jumped into a situation that was extremely risky, extremely hostile".

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