The hashtag 'milkcrate' has gone viral online as the internet praises heroic brothers who pinned down a crazed Sydney knifeman using the everyday obje
The hashtag ‘milkcrate’ has gone viral online as the internet praises heroic brothers who pinned down a crazed Sydney knifeman using the everyday object.
Mert Ney, 21, allegedly killed a sex worker and stabbed another woman during a six-minute rampage in Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday.
Ney was arrested about 2pm after he was chased down by hero bystanders and restrained by a milk crate and cafe chair.
Australian actor Russell Crowe was quick to mock the US over its gun laws by taking aim at the US President’s notorious slogan, tweeting ‘Make Australia crate again,’ after the attack.
His post sparked a wave of memes under #milkcrate as Australians rallied behind the brave men for carrying out the citizen’s arrest armed only with the plastic container.
Alleged knifeman Mert Ney is tackled to the ground and restrained by a milk crate on Tuesday
Australian actor Russell Crowe was quick to mock the US over its gun laws, tweeting: ‘Make Australia crate again’ after the attack
Twitter users compared the ‘weapon’ to America’s gun laws under the hashtag #MilkCrate
‘Dear America. I have a #MilkCrate. It protects my family, and yet, I don’t even have to keep in a safe, get it licensed, or worry that one of my children might accidentally use it to shoot someone,’ one person said.
In one meme, pictures of a gun, milk crate and trolley compare ‘how to make a citizen’s arrest’ in Australia and America.
In November last year, a man dubbed the ‘Trolley Man’ closed in on the Bourke Street Mall attacker with a shopping trolley, after he threatened passers-by with a knife in Melbourne’s CBD.
Another meme following Tuesday’s attack shows stacks of crates, with the text ‘Australians stockpiling weapons’.
One person directed their milk crate tweet at President Donald Trump writing: ‘Australia has your solution. #milkcrate over #GunControl. How they do it #downunder’.
Another person said: ‘Australia: where you can use a #milkcrate and #chairs to subdue a threat to public safety because gun control. US take note’.
President Trump used the ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan during his successful campaign for presidency during the 2016 election. The infamous phrase has been stitched to widely distributed red caps.
A number of memes about America’s gun laws have surfaced on Twitter (pictured)
Selfless heroes: Luke O’Shaughnessy managed to subdue the attacker by putting a milk crate over his head, along with the help of his brother Paul (middle) and friends Lee Cuthbert (left) and Alex Roberts (right)
Luke O’Shaughnessy and his brother Paul, who work nearby on King Street, have been applauded for using the unlikely object.
The brothers heard screams from their window and immediately ran out to the street where they noticed blood on the ground.
‘We ran straight over to the coffee shop and there was one guy already tussling with him,’ Paul told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Then Luke went over to him and gripped him and we pinned him down. We put a plastic crate over his head and restrained him.’
Paul said the attacker was shouting ‘religious statements’ while he was being held, as they waited for the police to arrive.
In one meme, pictures of a gun, milk crate and trolley compare ‘how to make a citizen’s arrest’ in Australia and America
Another meme shows Australians ‘stockpiling weapons’ by gathering crates
‘The #milkcrate sculpture in Sydney CBD doesn’t seem so silly now does it,’ one tweet read
‘Obviously there’s something clearly wrong with him, he didn’t look normal or anything like that,’ Paul said.
‘It was terrifying mate, it was really bad. I was just acting on instinct really. We all just kind of followed suit and just did what we could.’
The alleged knifeman was earlier seen on the corner of King and Clarence Street, wielding a large blade and calling on someone to shoot him.
The body of a 24-year-old woman was found at her Clarence Street apartment about 3.15pm.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed the two crimes were linked and reveals the alleged attacker has a history of mental health issues during a press conference about 5.30pm.
This map shows Mert Ney’s alleged rampage through Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday
HOW THE SYDNEY CBD HOMICIDE AND STABBING UNFOLDED:
* 2pm: Police receive calls about a man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava wandering York Street in Sydney’s CBD.
* Officers arrive to find a 41-year-old woman suffering a stab wound at the Hotel CBD on the corner of King and York Streets.
* A short time later, three members of the public detain the 21-year-old attacker, before he’s arrested by police.
* 3.15pm: The body of a 24-year-old woman is found in a Clarence Street unit.
* Police investigate whether the body is linked to the earlier stabbing.
* 5.30pm: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirms the two crimes are linked and reveals the alleged attacker – 21-year-old Mert Ney – has a history of mental health issues.
* Police say the Marayong man has no links to terrorist organisations but does have some ‘ideologies in relation to terrorism’.
* Ney was allegedly carrying material ‘about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world’, the commissioner says.
* Detectives conduct a thorough search of Ney’s western Sydney home.