A man and a woman have been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in a ‘ferocious attack’ at a Sydney car park on Thursday evening.
The 16-year-old was grocery shopping with his younger brother, 14, when he was approached by a man in the Woolworths car park in Balmain, an affluent suburb in Sydney’s inner-west, at about 6.50pm.
Police arrested a 29-year-old man and 23-year-old woman at 4.30pm on Saturday at Foy Street, Balmain, in connection to the crime.
The pair, who have been taken to separate police stations, will face questioning as the investigation continues.
A man, 29, and woman, 23, have been arrested after a 16-year-old boy (pictured) was stabbed in a Woolworths car park on Thursday evening
Witnesses described hearing chilling screams from the car park, before seeing the boy covered in blood. Bloody clothes are seen discarded in the gutter
The man is at Newtown Police Area Command and the female was taken to Day Street Police Station.
The incident occurred when the attacker questioned the teenager if he had a lighter. He allegedly began to stab the teenager when he responded no.
The victim suffered stabs to his abdominal area, severing tendons and piercing his liver. The victim also suffered broken bones in his hand in a plea to stop the attack.
He lay on the bloodied ground as the attacker allegedly fled the scene with a female accomplice.
The teenager was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred hospital after being treated by paramedics at the scene.
He underwent two surgeries on Friday and remains in a stable condition.
The man and woman were arrested at 4.30pm on Saturday in a residence on Foy Street, Balmain (pictured)
The victim (pictured) underwent two surgeries for his injuries as his mother said she is ‘very very very happy’ about the arrests
Emergency services were called to the Woolworths carpark in Balmain, an affluent suburb in Sydney’s inner-west, about 6.50pm on Thursday. The boy is seen in the back of an ambulance
His mother told 9 News that she is ‘very very very happy’ about the quick arrests after investigations from Leichardt Police Area Command.
Witnesses described hearing chilling screams from the car park, before seeing the boy covered in blood.
One witness said was initially alerted to their screams but assumed the teenage brothers were mucking around.
‘Then I heard him call out ‘I’ve been stabbed! I’ve been stabbed! Help me!’ and I walked over and there was just blood all over the floor,’ she said.
The witness recalled the young victim’s confusion and shock following the brutal attack.
The man, who allegedly stabbed a teenager after asking for a lighter, has been taken to Newtown Police Station (pictured). The woman was taken to Day Street Police Station.
‘He said ‘I don’t know where he came from or who he was – he just came out of nowhere’,’ the witness said.
The car park was examined on Thursday night as investigator Inspector Gary Coffey called the stabbing a random attack.
‘It’s a pretty ferocious attack and it’s not normally something that would occur in this area, so we are very keen to speak to the victim once his condition improves,’ he said.
Police were unable to interview the victim on Thursday evening as he was badly injured.
On Friday, Anthony Bell, Leichardt Police Area Command Acting Superintendent, called the attack: ‘swift and unprovoked,’ the Daily Telegraph reported.
‘Obviously all involved parties including the families are traumatised by this event,’ he said.
The car park was examined by Police on Friday after a crime scene was established in the Woolworths car park (pictured)
The car park is on Darling Street, (pictured) in Balmain, an affluent suburb in Sydney’s inner-west
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