THREE hero Brits have revealed the moment they tackled a blood-soaked knifeman with chairs and a milk crate in Sydney today.
The 21-year-old attacker allegedly fatally stabbed a woman before knifing another in the back while running through the streets with a huge blade.
Lee Cuthbert, Paul O’Shaughnessy and Luke O’Shaughnessy, all from Manchester, were working in the area when they heard the man attempting to stab several people outside, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The trio bravely held the suspect down as police raced to the scene where they were able to arrest him in the Australian city.
They told the Australian paper: “We had a window open to get some air in and then we just heard the commotion […] we looked out and saw him on top of a car wielding a knife and we all just kind of reacted from there.
“We just tried to get down as quick as we could. You don’t think, you just kind of react really, it was surreal, very, very surreal.
“We all kind of chased, worked together, but it was Luke who was the real hero. He pursued him the hardest and managed to get a grip of him.”
A 21-year-old woman was found death in a nearby flat before a 41-year-old woman was stabbed in the back in what appears to be a random attack.
She is reportedly in a stable condition in hospital.
Authorities praised the heroes for their quick-thinking and selflessness.
David Elliot, NSW Police Minister, said today, said: “The city tonight, celebrates three brand new heroes.
“And I think it would only be appropriate for the commissioner and I to thank those three individual citizens who have acted well and truly beyond the call of any citizen in bringing this offender to bear.”
“Can I also congratulate those firefighters… who have also gone beyond the call of duty.
“I’ll be making sure they get the appropriate accolades, and that everyone knows this is how Sydney siders respond.”
‘BLOOD ON HIS SHIRT’
Police said during a press conference today that the 21-year-old man is involved in the stabbing and homicide.
They said the suspect has a history of mental health issues, but couldn’t confirm local reports that he had recently escaped from a mental health facility.
He is being described at the moment as a lone actor but cops also said it was “the infancy of the investigation” when asked if today’s attack was terror related.
The man is expected to be charged with the homicide of the young woman and face serious assault charges for the stabbing.
Dramatic footage showed one man bravely confronting the apparent knifeman with a chair after he jumped onto a car.
Terrifying photos show the suspect then being led away by police, with his grey jumper covered in blood.
A witness told 2GB Radio that he saw the terrifying incident unfold as the suspect jumped on cars.
The Uber driver said: “Next thing I see this guy jumping over the car, over the bonnet… he had a knife in his hand.
“He had a bit of blood on his shirt.
“There were police, people with their phone out, there were [firefighters] trying to contain him.”
First reports began emerging at around 2pm local time (5am BST) – with terrified passersby taking to social media.
A witness who chased the man could be heard saying: “Do you know how many people you just stabbed, you dog?”
“You just stabbed a chick, mate, in broad daylight.”
One witness told the ABC he was walking towards Wynyard Park when a man came running around the corner “with a long knife”.
The witness said: “[He was] about three or four metres away from me, and then came about five or six other men chasing him.
“They were armed with crowbars and one man had an axe and another man … I think had a firefighting implement.
“My immediate impression was that it was a scene from a crime show being shot, but then that quickly turned out not to be the case and the man ran down the road towards the cafe where patrons there must have tripped him up and they then put a milk crate over his head.”
Police said during a press conference in Sydney today: “At around 2 this afternoon we received multiple phone calls about a 21-year-old man from Maryong, in the vicinity of King st armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava.
“Over the next six minutes… there was terrifying carnage in that area.
“He stabbed a 41-year-old woman in the back, it appears to be a random attack.
“Three members of the public who can only be described as highest order heroes, have engaged this 21-year-old man and have placed him essentially under arrest, even though he was branching a large butchers knife and was clearly dangerous.
“A number of other emergency services were in the vicinity and responded shortly after, and police put this individual in custody.
“In the next 30 minutes an expanded crime scene unfortunately identified a 21-year-old woman… deceased.
“All the available information we have at hand would link these two crimes.
“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 currently classed as a terrorism based incident.”
The suspect has since been taken to Day Street Police Station.
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning. The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to able to restrain him.
“The motivation for this attack has not yet been determined as Police are continuing with their enquiries.
“Any further offical information will be provided by the New South Wales Police, who are keeping us appraised through our agencies, including details of casualties.
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