Sydney stabbing suspect taken into custody following horror attack

Man dramatically arrested following stabbing spree in Sydney's CBD

A police source told the ABC the dead woman appeared to have suffered stab wounds.

#BREAKING: Police address the media after a woman was stabbed in the Sydney CBD.

She was found inside a hotel, with stab injuries to her back and has been taken to hospital in a stable condition, after what NSW Police Superintendent Gavin Wood called an "unprovoked" attack.

Police arrived on the scene following multiple reports of a stabbing near the corner of King and Clarence Streets.

Along with other passers-by, they used a milk crate and a chair to keep him pinned to the ground, he said.

Authorities urged people to avoid the area.

Police have praised the extraordinary bravery of bystanders who ran towards danger today, confronting a man armed with a knife in Sydney's CBD and preventing potential tragedy.

Video shows the man jumping onto a auto roof in the middle of the street before being restrained by members of the public with milk crates and chairs.

The man was detained by members of the public before being arrested by police.

A man allegedly went on a rampage on King St between Clarence St and York St. I think had a firefighting implement.

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Merivale's Hotel CBD has been declared a crime scene and is now in lockdown, with patrons still inside.

"He had a balaclava on and wielding a knife with blood on and we thought: 'Wow, what is going on here?'".

"There was a fair bit of force being applied to him at the time", the witness said.

Wood added that one stabbing was confirmed but alleged the man attempted to stab a number of other people before being restrained.

"We will allege the offender has attempted to stab multiple people, luckily unsuccessfully". The attacker is now in police custody following the courageous actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to ... restrain him.

"The male offender was on his own and there was no other person complicit at this stage".

"People were still quite shocked, they couldn't believe what was happening". They approached a person with... clear evidence of a stabbing previously.

A witness, who was having lunch directly across from where the incident took place near the corners of King and Clarence Street, said he saw "a lot of people running".

"A number of crime scenes have been established", a spokesperson said.

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