Police hunt for man after stabbing
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.