The woman's body was found after the man was arrested. She was found in a unit block above Clarence St Cyclery, which was forced to close after police set up a crime scene in front and behind the shop.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on August 13, 2019

A woman has been found dead with her throat slit in a unit block near where a man plunged a knife into the back of a woman in a hotel and attempted to stab other people in the Sydney CBD during the busy lunch rush.

The woman’s body was found after the man was arrested. Her body was found in a unit block above Clarence St Cyclery, which was forced to close after police set up a crime scene in front and behind the shop.

An employee from the shop told he saw the man run past.

“There’s something going on upstairs,” he said.

After stabbing the woman in the Hotel CBD he ran out into the street and yelled “Allahu Akbar!” as he jumped on the roof and hood of a Mercedes, before he is confronted by a man with a chair.

He then began screaming “Shoot me in the f***ing face.”

Multiple people are then seen pinning him down with a crate on his head and two chairs holding his body down. The offender has blood on his hands.

“He stabbed a chick in broad daylight,” a man can be heard saying on the video, obtained by Channel 7.

“He stabbed her. He came running through the street.”

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Paul O’Shaughnessy and his brother Luke, from Manchester, heard a disturbance outside their office on King Street in the Sydney CBD.

The pair and two of their colleagues saw the alleged attacker wielding what Paul said was a knife covered in blood, and chased him, The Guardian reported.

Together with other onlookers, they managed to subdue the alleged offender.

People were out on the streets in the Sydney CBD having cofee and a bite to eat or shopping when the incident happened.

“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,” Jack Huddo said on Facebook.

“He ran all the way back to near my work where a lot of others had cornered him for the police!

“Everyone I was with are safe and thanks to police, fire fighters and the general public (one I know was ex military) old mate was caught! No idea how many people were hurt, hopefully no one too bad!”

Superintendent Gavin Wood of NSW Police Force said that the young woman who was stabbed in the back in Hotel CBD was in a stable condition in St Vincent’s Hospital.

Wood said there was nothing as yet to suggest the woman was known to her attacker.

“There are no other injuries at this stage I can confirm. The offender has attempted to stab multiple people. Those attempts thankfully were unsuccessful. Again I will put on record we have a female person with a stab wound to the back currently being treated by paramedics and is en route to a Sydney hospital.”

Earlier NSW Police Force said in a statement: that “members of the public detained the man before police attended and arrested him.”

“He has since been taken to Day Street Police Station.

“Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command, and various specialist police, are conducting proactive patrols the area, but it is believed there is no further threat to public safety.

“A number of crime scenes have been established and a number of road closures are in place, which is believed to have significant impact on traffic and public transport this afternoon.

“Members of the public are urged to avoid the area.”

The Transport Management Centre told motorists to avoid King Street in the Sydney CBD due to the operation.

“All lanes of King Street are closed from Clarence Street to York Street. Traffic in the area is heavy, and motorists are advised to use an alternative route,” they said.

“Buses are also diverting away from King Street and are using Clarence Street, Market Street, Kent Street and Erskine Street then returning to Clarence Street.

“Emergency services are on site, and traffic crews are responding.”