New details about alleged gym stabber

A woman was stabbed outside an Alexandria gym on Wednesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short

A man has been charged after a woman was allegedly stabbed in a domestic violence “targeted” attack outside a Sydney gym.

Anthony Monteleone, 45, – who is known to the woman – was arrested after presenting to Dee Why Police Station on Thursday morning.

Mr Monteleone was taken to Manly Police Station where he was charged with cause wounding/grievous bodily harm to person with intent to murder (DV) and contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (domestic).

He will appear in Manly Local Court on Friday.

Anthony Monteleone allegedly attacked the woman outside a Sydney gym. Picture: Nine
Anthony Monteleone allegedly attacked the woman outside a Sydney gym. Picture: Nine
Police were called to Crunch Fitness in Alexandria after a woman was stabbed on Wednesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short
A crime scene had been set up. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short

Mr Monteleone had an AVO out against him at the time of the attack, a Current Affair reports.

He had an eight-week relationship with the woman, which ended in April, and subsequently had an AVO taken out against him when he continued to contact her after the relationship ended.

In April, Mr Monteleone reportedly breached the AVO and was arrested on Sydney’s Northern beaches.

He was refused bail and pleaded guilty to the charge in court the next day, but was released.

Mr Monteleone also had an AVO taken out against him by another woman in 2017, who he allegedly stalked and intimidated, the program reported.

Emergency services rushed to the Crunch Fitness gym in Alexandria in the city’s inner south about 12.30pm on Wednesday after a man allegedly stabbed a 39-year-old woman inside the carpark before fleeing in a vehicle.

The woman, who was rushed to hospital in a serious but stable condition, suffered wounds to her neck, upper body and head during the attack.

The stabbing occurred outside Crunch Fitness in Alexandria. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard

A witness told 9 News that he saw the woman was bleeding from her neck and ears.

One witness, named Claire, told the ABC that she was about to enter the gym when she heard “a scream” and said she saw the man on top of the woman.

“Because of the distance, I wasn’t sure what he was trying to do to her. It looked like he was attacking her or he was trying to rob her,” she said.

NSW Premier Chris Minns said Wednesday’s stabbing was a “horrifying and shocking” attack.

“It would be every woman’s worst nightmare to be in that situation, particularly somebody that has taken out an apprehended domestic violence order,” he said.

“It’s important to say that these events are not rare, either. They are common, and the number and frequency of domestic violence offences in NSW represents an absolute emergency in the state.”

His comment come as the government is set to introduce bail reform in domestic violence cases, with the Premier flagging on Thursday that he was open to further reform on how Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) are monitored.

The woman was rushed to hospital. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short
Police were investigating on Wednesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short

The attack comes one day after the NSW government flagged the introduction of increased police powers that would allow authorities to “wand” people for knives in areas such as shopping centres and transport hubs.

The laws, which will likely be introduced into NSW parliament next week, will be made available in circumstances where a relevant weapons offence/knife crime have occurred within the past six months and be available to police for 12 hours, with the option to extend.

Womensline: 1800 811 811
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Counselling Service 24hr helpline: 1800 RESPECT
Lifeline: 13 1144
Family Violence Crisis and Support Service: 1800 608 122
Emergency/Police: 000