Sydney stabbing: Man 'covered in blood and wielding a knife' attacks woman in an attempt to create 'multiple crime scenes'
The stabbing occurred in the Sydney CBD and the area is on lockdown. Reports say that a man 'covered in blood and wielding a knife' went on a spree and police say he wanted to create 'multiple crime scenes'
A man reportedly went on a stabbing rampage in Sydney attacking one woman and sending her to the hospital on Tuesday, August 13, afternoon at around 2 pm. Another person's body was found at 118 Clarence Street soon after at 3.15 pm. The stabbing occurred in Sydney's CBD and the area is on lockdown. A man "covered in blood and wielding a knife" went on a spree and police say he wanted to create "multiple crime scenes", reported BBC.
"Those attempts thankfully were unsuccessful," said Supt Gavin Wood of New South Wales Police. The man has been arrested. The woman who was injured was taken to the hospital and is reportedly in stable condition at St Vincent Hospital. The motive behind the attack has not been revealed yet.
There is no ongoing threat, authorities have said, but people have been asked to avoid the area. Buses have also been diverted from their usual routes.
Authorities are still investigating if the two crimes are related. "Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command are on the scene and will conduct inquiries into whether the incident is linked to an earlier stabbing at a hotel on the corner of Clarence and King," a police spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Videos of the attacker showed him running through the street holding a knife as people nearby try to stop him, eventually apprehending him by getting him on the ground. He was held down with a milk crate on his upper body and a chair. Soon, authorities step in and take him away.
"We will allege the offender has attempted to stab multiple people, luckily unsuccessfully... We don't know the causation or the rationale for the attack," Wood also said. More information will be made available by the police as the investigation continues.