A man is is expected to be charged after allegedly killing a woman before unleashing “terrifying carnage” with a butcher’s knife in the city’s CBD.
Mert Ney, 21, was arrested yesterday afternoon after he allegedly stabbed a 41-year-old woman at the Hotel CBD about 2pm and then tried to stab countless others as he wandered the streets before being detained near Wynyard station.
The body of a 21-year-old woman, believed to be a sex worker, was discovered at a Clarence Street apartment after the stabbing unfolded. Police said the homicide and stabbing were linked.
Here is how the terrifying incident unfolded:
1:30pm: The accused attends a unit on Clarence Street for an appointment.
1:50pm: He is captured on CCTV leaving the building.
2pm: Police receive calls about a man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava wandering York Street in Sydney’s CBD.
There are multiple reports the man had stabbed someone near the corner of King and Clarence streets as police make their way to the location.
2.36pm: Police and NSW Ambulance paramedics locate a 41-year-old woman inside a hotel, who had a stab wound to the shoulder.
She is taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment.
Just before 3pm: The Hotel CBD was put in lockdown. Three members of the public detain the 21-year-old attacker after a brief chase.
“Immediately we all went down the escalator and we continued to chase the guy and other people were going away because obviously he is wielding a knife,” Paul O’Shaughnesy told 9News.
“My brother and I ran across here and we managed to get a grip along with another guy and we have a grip of him and restrained him fully.”
Police attend and arrest the accused knifeman.
A mobile phone and USB stick and knife are seized at the scene, before being taken for forensic analysis.
The 20-year-old man is taken to Day Street Police Station, before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to undergo surgery for a laceration to his knee.
3.15pm: The body of a 24-year-old woman is found in a Clarence Street unit as police conduct proactive patrols of the area.
She had sustained a laceration to her neck and is pronounced deceased at the scene.
3.40pm: More than an hour after the attack bystanders were let out of Hotel CBD.
Police investigate whether the body is linked to the earlier stabbing.
5.30pm: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirms the two crimes are linked and reveals the alleged attacker – 21-year-old Mert Ney – has a history of mental health issues.
Police say the Marayong man has no links to terrorist organisations but does have some “ideologies in relation to terrorism”.
Ney was allegedly carrying material “about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world”, the commissioner says.
Late yesterday: Detectives conduct a thorough search of Ney’s western Sydney home.
AAP contributed to this report.
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