SYDNEY STABBING ATTACK: Terrorism Investigation Squad to assist with investigations

UPDATE @ August 14, 8.30 AM | POLICE have hailed members of the public who chased down an alleged knifeman in Sydney’s CBD as “highest-order heroes”, as it’s revealed the Terrorism Investigation Squad will assist detectives with an investigation into the horrific attack.

The group of men, armed with just a chair and milk crate, managed to perform a citizens arrest on a 20-year-old man who went on a stabbing rampage in the city on Tuesday afternoon after allegedly murdering a woman in a nearby apartment.

Speaking to media following the attack, New South Wales Police Minister David Elliot praised the actions of the bystanders who helped restrain the man.


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“The city celebrates three new heroes and I think that it would only be appropriate for the Commissioner and I to thank those three individual citizens who I think have acted well and truly beyond the call of any citizen, ” Mr Elliot said.

“Can I also congratulate those firefighters who we’ve identified as having also gone beyond the call of duty.

“I’ll be looking to make sure they get the appropriate accolades and making sure everyone knows this is how Sydney responds.”

Detectives from the Homicide Squad have since established a Strike Force to investigate the incident, which left a 24-year-old woman dead and a 41-year-old woman in hospital with a stab wound to her shoulder.

Police revealed on Wednesday that the inquiries will also be supported by the Terrorism Investigation Squad.

Detectives have already executed two search warrants at Blacktown and Marayong, where they have seized electronic devices which will undergo forensic analysis.

A significant canvass has also been conducted in the CBD, which will continue today, with investigators urging anyone who has not yet spoken with police to come forward.

In particular, they are seeking all CCTV, dashcam, and mobile phone vision.

The 20-year-old remains under police guard in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he has undergone surgery for a laceration to his knee.

It’s not yet known when he will be deemed “medically fit” to speak with investigators.

EARLIER @ August 13, 5.45PM | Police have confirmed the discovery of a woman’s body in a Sydney CBD building is linked to the stabbing rampage in the city.

The body of the 21-year-old woman was found in a unit on Clarence St.

She’d suffered stab wounds to her neck but is yet to be formally identified.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says there’s no relation to the woman that was killed and a second woman that was stabbed in the back a short time later.

The 41-year-old remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Commissioner Fuller says a third woman who presented to The Rocks Police station with her hand wrapped in a scarf was not injured in the attack.

He also ruled out terrorism as a motive for the rampage at this stage of the investigation.

“Agencies have assessed all the available information in relation to this crime and it is currently not classed as a terrorist incident,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“Obviously as the investigation continues we will reassess that.

“He is, by definition, a lone actor. Information was found on him that would suggest he had some ideologies in relation to terrorism, but he has no links to terrorism, there is no current intelligence on this individual and he has no apparent links to other terrorist organisations.”

It’s understood that information found on him was in relation to mass deaths around the world in the US and New Zealand.

Commissioner Fuller confirmed the 21-year-old man from Marayong in Sydney’s west had a history of mental health issues.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries but is expected to be released into Police custody tonight.

Search warrants have been carried out at the man’s home this afternoon.

New South Wales Police Minister David Elliot has praised the actions of the bystanders who helped restrain the man.

“The city tonight celebrates three new heroes and I think that it would only be appropriate for the Commissioner and I to thank those three individual citizens who I think have acted well and truly beyond the call of any citizen, ” Mr Elliot said.

“Can I also congratulate those firefighters who we’ve identified as having also gone beyond the call of duty.

“I’ll be looking to make sure they get the appropriate accolades and making sure everyone knows this is how Sydney responds.”

EARLIER @ 4.45PM: Extraordinary footage has emerged of members of the public chasing down and restraining a man following a stabbing rampage in Sydney’s CBD.

The footage was filmed by a 7 News cameraman who was on scene just moments after a woman was stabbed in the shoulder.

The film shows members of the public following the armed man yelling at him to drop his knife.

An elderly gentleman is seen carrying a chair as he follows the man while a firefighter from a passing fire truck is seen holding some kind of tool.

Several others joined the chase as the knife-wielding man started running before eventually being held down.

WATCH: Warning – This video contains some confronting footage and offensive language. (Video: Facebook – 7 News Sydney)

https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSsydney/posts/2894681050556009

EARLIER @ 4.15PM | A woman’s body has been found in a building near the vicinity of a stabbing rampage in Sydney’s CBD.

The body was discovered in an apartment in Clarence St.

It’s understood the woman had suffered knife wounds to her throat.

Police are yet to confirm whether the death is linked to the attack in the city.

Nine News is also reporting another woman has been injured.

Footage shows a woman entering The Rocks Police station with her hand heavily strapped.

Meantime Seven News is reporting the man responsible for the attack had absconded from a mental health facility several days ago.

EARLIER @ 3.30PM: Police say a man who went on a stabbing rampage in Sydney’s CBD was acting alone but his motive remains unclear.

One woman has been confirmed injured after being stabbed in the back during the incident which occurred outside Hotel CBD on the corner of King and York Streets.

She is in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

“A male offender has produced a knife and as a result a female victim, a female member of the public has been stabbed,” Superintendent Gavin Wood told reporters a short time ago.

Police have confirmed the man also attempted to stab a number of others but there were no other injuries.

“What we’ll be alleging is he has attempted to stab multiple people, those attempts, thankfully, were unsuccessful.”

Superintendent Wood says they believe the attack was random.

“We don’t know the causation or rationale for his actions today, again its part of the investigations as we go forward.

“It appears at this stage it was unprovoked however we’re keeping a very open mind as we move forward.

“What I can say conclusively, that male offender was on his own. and there’s no other person complicit at this stage.”

Police say they are investigating reports the man was heard yelling “allahu akbar” during the rampage.

Superintendent Wood has also praised the bystanders who helped restrain the man.

“They were brave, and and i can only use that word seriously, they were significantly brave people.

“To approach a person, with clear evidence of a stabbing, these people are heroes.”

EARLIER @ 3.00PM | Police say the threat in Sydney’s CBD is now over after a man was taken into custody.

At least one woman has been confirmed to be injured.

She’s been taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition.

Police are yet to confirm any other injuries but are due to update the media shortly.

More footage has emerged showing the moment the knife-wielding man was restrained.

The man is seen jumping on a car in the middle of an intersection while members of the public grabbed chairs from a nearby cafe.

It’s understood those members of the public along with NSW Fire and Rescue Officers then chased him down and held him before Police arrived on scene.

WARNING: Offensive language in the following Twitter video – 

 

 

EARLIER @ 2.45PM | A man is in custody after reportedly going on a rampage in Sydney’s CBD.

Footage posted on social media shows a man being arrested by several officers.

Police are yet to confirm the reports of a stabbing.

The ABC is reporting that one person has been injured and rushed to hospital while other media outlets are reporting multiple people injured.

People are still being urged to avoid the area around King, York and Clarence Streets.

More to come

EARLIER @ 2.30PM | A major Police operation is underway in the heart of Sydney with reports of someone being stabbed.

The operation is taking place on York and Clarence St with the area cordoned off.

Dozens of Police have swarmed the area along with a number of ambulances.

Witnesses report that a man was seen running through the area armed with either a large knife or a machete.

It’s understood one person has been arrested.

It’s not clear at this stage if anyone has actually been injured.

More to come

 

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