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4 'Heroes,' Milk Crate Take Down Stabbing Suspect

1 dead, 1 injured following Tuesday's chaotic scene in Sydney
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2019 7:47 AM CDT
Paul O'Shaughnessy tells how he and his brother Luke chased down a stabbing suspect in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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(Newser) – Two women were stabbed—one fatally—in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, before a male suspect was tackled by "the highest order of heroes." Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said four men chased a man seen with a butcher knife in the city center around 2pm local time before apprehending him. Video from the scene reportedly shows the suspect identified as 21-year-old Mert Ney shouting "Allahu Akbar" and "shoot me, I want to ... die," per CNN and ABC Australia. Lee Cuthbert, Alex Roberts, and brothers Paul and Luke O'Shaughnessy—the latter a former champion Thai boxer—saw the commotion from an office building. "[He] jumped on a car wielding a knife with blood on it and we were like, 'Wow, what's going on here,'" Paul O'Shaughnessy tells ABC. Reportedly assisted by axe-wielding firefighters, the men then used a chair to bring down the suspect before restraining his head with a milk crate.

A 41-year-old woman is listed in stable condition after being stabbed in the back. In addition to describing numerous attempted stabbings, police say a 21-year-old woman was found fatally stabbed at an apartment complex near the scene, per ABC. The outlet reports Ney had escaped from a mental health facility. Fuller said he was known to police but "his history was unremarkable compared to the gravity of the crimes he committed." He added the "lone actor" carried a USB drive containing information on mass casualties in the US and New Zealand and appeared to have some ideologies linked to terrorism, per the BBC. A Marayong home linked to the suspect was raided Tuesday afternoon, per the Guardian. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison commended "the brave actions" of onlookers. According to O'Shaughnessy, the plan was to "just go and help straight away, don't even think." (Read more Sydney stories.)

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