The blood-spattered man climbed atop a Mercedes-Benz at a stoplight in downtown Sydney and held a knife in the air. He’d already stabbed one woman at a nearby hotel, police later said, and tried to attack others in the busy commercial district on Tuesday.
That’s when a bystander, armed only with a wooden chair, jumped into action. Others quickly helped. Soon, the civilians subdued the attacker, pinning him to the pavement with chairs and a milk crate until police arrived.
Police Superintendent Gavin Wood says “They were significantly brave people...To approach a person with a mind set of obviously what this person did, with clear evidence of a stabbing previously, these people are heroes.”
An investigator said “information was found on him that would suggest he had some ideologies related to terrorism.”