Man dramatically arrested following stabbing spree in Sydney's CBD

Wednesday, 14 Aug, 2019

The incident took place near King and York Street in the Sydney CBD after 2pm on Tuesday afternoon.

A knife-wielding man yelling "Allahu akbar", or "God is great", attempted to stab several people in downtown Sydney on Tuesday before being restrained by members of the public, with a woman taken to a hospital, police and witnesses said.

The spokesperson added that they are unaware of any others being injured despite "a number of attempted stabbings by the same offender".

A 21-year-old man named Mert Ney went on a stabbing rampage in Sidney, slitting one woman's throat and stabbing another in the back.

They do not believe it is terror-related, despite witnesses reporting the attacker was screaming religious slogans including "Allahu Akbar".

Sydney police subsequently asked people to avoid the area and said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attacks. They approached a person with... clear evidence of a stabbing previously. "Again I will put on record we have a female person with a stab wound to the back now being treated by paramedics and is en route to a Sydney hospital". "So I quickly accelerated and made a left turn and made sure that he came off the roof of the auto".

They managed to pin down the man and restrain him until police arrived.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter that the violence was "deeply concerning" and praised the members of the public who restrained the assailant.

Our counter-terrorist command immediately stood up and the joint CT team which includes police and state and fed agencies, have assessed all available info in relation to his crime and it is not now classed as a terrorism based incident.

They described the moment they apprehended the suspect as being likely down to "instinct", with dramatic eyewitness footage appearing to show a young man being pinned to the floor with chairs and a milk crate.

"I just thought 'Is my brother going to be alright?' as we were running towards him".

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. "And I want to acknowledge that".

Mr O'Shaughnessy said he witnessed the knife-wielding man jump on top of a auto before giving chase. Some members of the public abuse the man and attempt to assault him, while others urge people to "wait for the cops".

"He had a little bit of blood on his shirt", the driver told 2GB.

Police said the body of the second woman was discovered in a fourth-floor apartment at around 3:15 p.m.

In this image, a police officers stand next to crime scene cordon tape after a man was stabbed in east London, Britain, June 2, 2018.

"He stabbed a chick in broad daylight", a man can be heard saying on the video, obtained by Channel 7.