A man has described how he and a group of Sydney bystanders managed to restrain a knife wielding man “soaked in blood” during a rampage in the city.
The incident took place near King and York Street in the Sydney CBD after 2pm on Tuesday afternoon.
One woman was found stabbed in a pub while witnesses reported the man attempted to stab a number of people in the street before members of the public apprehended him and held him down until police arrived.
Paul O'Shaughnessy told Nine News how he and his brother Luke chased the man down.
Mr O'Shaughnessy said he witnessed the knife-wielding man jump on top of a car before giving chase.
“I don’t know whether it’s an instinct thing but we just thought we’ve got to restrain this guy from doing any more,” he said.
Ms O'Shaughnessy and his brother gave chase along with a group of men.
“We managed to get a grip along with another guy and we’ve got a grip of him and restrained him fully,” he 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.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 13, 2019
He added the man had “blood all over him”.
Lee Cuthbert, who was with the O’Shaughnessy brothers, told the Sydney Morning Herald the whole ordeal “was 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 with another man," Mr Cuthbert told the publication.
A witness named David told ABC News about five or six people chased the man down.
“They were armed with crowbars and one man had an axe and another man, I think had a firefighting implement,” David said.
So insane! A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch. I saw people running so I ran towards him with a few other guys.— JackHuddo | #GangGang (@JackHuddo) August 13, 2019
He ran all the way back to near my work where a lot of others had cornered him for the police! #sydney pic.twitter.com/SQvqfDRz88
‘These people are heroes’
NSW Police Superintendent Gavin Wood praised the group who subdued the armed man as courageous.
“They were significantly brave people,” Supt Wood told reporters.
“To approach a person with a mindset of obviously what this person did, with clear evidence of a stabbing previously, these people are heroes.
“These people, these members of the public, going about their day-to-day business have jumped into a situation which was extremely dangerous and hostile and they have brought a person, who we will be alleging has stabbed an innocent person for no specific reason, into custody and allowed us to do our job.”
Some psycho just went around stabbing people in Sydney. Just your regular Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/fJGlkg1lZL— جوني (@johnnie_txt) August 13, 2019
The driver of an Uber has described the terrifying moment the knife-wielding man jumped on top of his car.
He told Nine News he was driving an elderly couple to Macquarie Street but noticed traffic had stopped near King and York streets.
“All of a sudden this guy appears with a knife in his hand covered in blood down the front of his shirt,” he said.
“As I’m thinking about doing something the guy jumps on the front of the car.”
He added the knife-wielding man then climbed onto the roof.
“I froze for a split second but then I thought, ‘I’m hoping he’s not covered in any explosives or anything’,” he said.
The Uber driver said he veered to the left on to Clarence Street to remove the man from his roof.
He drove off later witnessing the men giving chase.
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