Po­lice hunt for man af­ter stab­bing

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - REMY VARGA

Vic­to­ria Po­lice are search­ing for a men­tally ill man who they al­lege stabbed his neigh­bour early yes­ter­day morn­ing, while res­i­dents fear that the man — ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal af­ter jump­ing out of his win­dow on Wed­nes­day night — was re­leased from hospi­tal too quickly.

De­tec­tives yes­ter­day is­sued a war­rant for the ar­rest of David Perry, 35, on the charge of at­tempted mur­der.

Part of Welling­ton Street in Mel­bourne’s in­ner-city St Kilda was locked down for about six hours as po­lice scoured the build­ing and neigh­bour­ing suburbs look­ing for the man.

A man and woman were re­turn­ing to a unit in St Kilda when they were con­fronted by a man wield­ing a knife around 4am yes­ter­day. Mr Perry is al­leged to have stabbed the man, 32, sev­eral times in the chest be­fore the man man­aged to es­cape. He is be­ing treated in hospi­tal for non-life threat­en­ing in­juries. The woman, 25, was not in­jured.

Steve, who did not want his sur­name pub­lished, told The Week­end Aus­tralian he heard noises from the apart­ment through­out the night, which sur­prised him be­cause he thought Mr Perry was in hospi­tal.

“I heard com­ings and go­ings in his unit at about one in the morn­ing,” he said.

He alerted po­lice to the strange noises. Of­fi­cers told him to lock his door be­fore they knocked on the neigh­bour­ing door. They then left the scene.

He was wo­ken by po­lice at 4.30am when po­lice evac­u­ated the build­ing af­ter the stab­bing.

Less than 48 hours ear­lier Mr Perry had jumped through the win­dow of his unit lead­ing to a three-hour stand­off with po­lice, which played out while he stood on the canopy of his build­ing.

Mr Perry is 185cm tall with a thin build. Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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