New South Wales (NSW) police have said: "A man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a woman in Sydney's CBD this afternoon".
The woman was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital with a stab wound to her upper back and is in a stable condition.
"Police operation King & Clarence St, Sydney CBD".
Other images show the suspect being pinned down with a chair and a milk crate, then being taken away by police.
One witness, Marcon, told the Daily Mail Australia: "He was trying to smash a driver side window of a random auto with the knife".
Vision posted on Twitter shows the man yell: "F***ing shoot me in the f***ing head" before he was wrestled to the ground by bystanders and a milk crate was placed over his head by Mr O'Shaughnessy.
"Members of the public detains the man before police attended and arrested him".
Witnesses said the man was carrying a 30-centimeter kitchen knife as he attempted to stab multiple people near a busy intersection in Australia's largest city.
An employee from the shop told news.com.au he saw the man run past.
Police said they had not yet determined a motive for the stabbings.
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More footage has emerged showing the moment the knife-wielding man was restrained.
"These people are heroes, and I want to acknowledge that".
"They were significantly fearless people", Supt Wood said.
"A male offender has produced a knife and as a result a female victim, a female member of the public has been stabbed", Superintendent Gavin Wood told reporters a short time ago.
"So insane! A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch". 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.
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Paul said that while waiting for the police to arrive, the blood-soaked attacker was shouting "religious statements".
"He ran all the way back to near my work where a lot of others had cornered him for the police!"
"We had a window open to get some air in and then we just heard the commotion ... we looked out and saw him on top of a auto wielding a knife and we all just kind of reacted from there", said Mr Cuthbert.