A man is behind bars after being accused of trying to kill a cleaner in a random, vicious knife attack at an Adelaide shopping centre.
Vision has emerged of the moment police swooped on streets near his Salisbury East home, on the hunt for a 30cm-long knife.
More than a dozen officers rifled through bushes, bins, and looked down drains, searching for the weapon they believe was used during Monday night’s horror attack at Parabanks Shopping Centre.
They took away bags of evidence – but didn’t find the knife.
The accused, a 25-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, was pulled over and arrested on Wednesday night, ending a 48-hour manhunt.
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Police believe he is responsible for repeatedly slashing the face of 30-year-old cleaner Rovie, who remains in hospital after enduring hours of reconstructive facial surgery.
“It would have been very frightening for her, she’s got some terrible injuries,” Major Crimes Detective Inspector Billy Thompson said.
Her alleged attacker has been charged with attempted murder.
He made no application for bail in court on Thursday.
In handcuffs and wearing a grey hooded jumped, the accused kept his head down during most of the brief hearing.
He will be back in court again on Monday, when a magistrate will decide if his identity should be revealed.
The prosecution advised it was preparing a blood pattern analysis on his clothing and vehicle, and asked for a 14-month adjournment.
The request was refused and the case will be heard again in September.