A man wanted over a triple-stabbing and two armed robberies has been taken into police custody following a 17-hour siege where the accused was located on the roof of a Newcastle apartment.
The 27-year-old man had been on the roof of the Tighes Hill complex since midday on Tuesday and refused to come down until about 5am on Wednesday when he was arrested.
He allegedly approached four men and a trainer at a northern Sydney gym on Monday night, punching one of them before pulling out a knife and stabbing three men.
Security footage obtained by the Nine Network has shown one of the victims staggering around a nearby carpark, clutching his abdomen and collapsing on the ground. He stands and makes a phone call, before again falling to the ground.
One of the injured men required immediate surgery while the others remain in stable conditions.
The accused left the scene in an alleged stolen car and is accused of committing armed robberies at two service stations in Sandgate later that night, threatening employees with a knife while stealing cash.
It is alleged the car belonged to Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver.
“Officers responding to the armed robbery saw the stolen vehicle leaving the service station and pursued, however it managed to evade police,” NSW police said in a statement.
Police cordoned off streets near the Tighes Hill apartment complex overnight, evacuating residents from the area, as police engaged in a standoff with the man.
NSW Ambulance paramedics tended to the man before he was transferred to Newcastle Police Station, where he will be interviewed by Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives later today.
The accused is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and was released from prison two months ago after serving nine years for armed robberies and police pursuits, 9News reported.
No charges have been laid. Police have urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
– With AAP.