Moment grinning attacker is detained by congregation after Sydney church stabbing that left four injured

15 April 2024, 14:23 | Updated: 15 April 2024, 15:22

Unsettling footage shows alleged Sydney stabbing suspect grinning while being restrained by parishioners

By Flaminia Luck

The suspect behind a multiple stabbing has been been filmed grinning while being detained by members of a congregation following an attack at a church in Sydney.

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Four people were injured after a bishop and a number of worshippers were attacked inside Christ the Good Shepherd Church in the western suburb of Wakeley on Monday night just after 7pm.

The force added four men suffered lacerations in the attack, with two being taken to hospital.

Police said a man has been arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.

Crowds reportedly gathered outside the church prompting the arrival of riot police.

Police confirmed a man has been arrested
Police confirmed a man has been arrested. Picture: Social media

'Restoring order'

NSW police said they are working on "restoring order" following the attack and that a large police response is underway.

The public is urged to avoid the area.

Unverified footage on social media appears to show rioting outside the Assyrian Aramaic church on Wellcome Street.

Reports suggest rocks have been thrown and police cars have been damaged by the crowds.

Multiple paramedic crews are still on the scene at the moment.

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Footage of the harrowing attack was shared on social media.

The video shows Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel speaking to the congregation before a man dressed in all black walks up to him and allegedly stabs him a number of times.

Screams can be heard before a live feed of the Mass, which was being shown on YouTube, was quickly cut off.

On Saturday, six people were killed at Westfield Bondi Junction complex.

So far, there is nothing to suggest the two attacks are linked.

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Christ the Good Shepherd Church near Sydney
Christ the Good Shepherd Church near Sydney. Picture: Google Images

They have been named as Jade Young, 47, Dawn Singleton, 25, Pikria Darchia, 55, Faraz Tahir, 30, Ashlee Good, 38 and Cheng Yixuan, 25.

A number of others, including a 9-month-old baby, were also injured.

Authorities have said the attack was most likely related to the mental health of attacker Joel Cauchi, and that it appeared he had targeted women.

Cauchi, 40, was later shot dead by police.

Six people were killed in the attack at the shopping mall
Six people were killed in the attack at the shopping mall. Picture: Alamy