Matthew Donaldson, Sydney man wanted over alleged Primus Hotel hammer attack, arrested in Blue Mountains
A man wanted over the alleged attempted murder of a woman in a luxury Sydney CBD has been arrested in dense bushland.
Matthew Donaldson, 41, had been on the run since Tuesday night after the alleged attack at the Primus Hotel on Pitt Street.
He was on Thursday afternoon arrested in the lower Blue Mountains, NSW Police confirmed in a statement.
Donaldson is accused of attacking a Belarus national, aged in her 30s, with a sledgehammer.
She was rushed into an ambulance after Donaldson allegedly assaulted her with the hammer, leaving her with critical injuries.
Witnesses told 7NEWS police scoured the fifth floor of the hotel in search of Donaldson.
Investigators were working to determine the relationship between Donaldson and the woman and say it’s unlikely they’d met before the alleged attack.
He met her in the foyer of the hotel and took her to his room.
Her condition has since improved to stable.
Police said they conducted a search of a Kingswood apartment on Wednesday as part of the investigation.
“During the search, police seized knives, ammunition and other weapons,” a statement said.
“Following further inquiries and an extensive search in the Blue Mountains area involving the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, and the Dog Unit, a 41-year-old man was arrested in bushland at Lapstone about 4.50pm today.
“He has been taken to Springwood Police Station where he is expected to be charged.”