Masked man is caught on CCTV before Essenza Italian restaurant owner was stabbed and left for dead

Masked assassin dressed entirely in black is caught on CCTV moments before restaurant owner was stabbed and left for dead in his burning eatery

  • An owner of a Sydney restaurant has allegedly been stabbed by a masked man
  • The restaurant was then set on fire in two places in a apparent attempted murder
  • A passerby rescued the 37-year-old business owner before he perished 

By Australian Associated Press and Tom Place For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 00:51 EDT, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 00:51 EDT, 16 July 2019

A suspicious-looking man with an unusual gait is wanted over the attempted murder of a restaurateur who was stabbed and left for dead in his burning business.

The blaze broke out at the Essenza Italian restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney, about 11am on July 4 after the man was attacked and stabbed multiple times.

The 37-year-old man was rescued from his residence above the restaurant by a passing delivery driver who arrived just in the nick of time.

A masked man has been stabbed and left for dead in a burning building with police releasing footage of the alleged masked attacker

The injured man was taken to hospital with stab wounds and burns and is now recovering.

However his dog, a young German Shepherd, perished in the blaze.

Police said the incident was being treated as an attempted murder and on Tuesday released CCTV footage of a suspect with a medium build and abnormal gait, moving through the premises before it was set alight.

With his face covered, the suspect was not recognisable to the victim.

‘We’re still attempting to establish the actual motive but I’m confident we’ll get to the bottom of it,’ NSW Police detective chief inspector Adam Johnson told reporters.

‘I’m very confident someone out there knows who this person is.

Police said the incident was being treated as an attempted murder and on Tuesday released CCTV footage of a suspect with a medium build and abnormal gait, moving through the premises before it was set alight

‘There’s significant damage. The restaurant is the downstairs area, there’s a residence upstairs, but both areas have been significantly damaged by fire, which is quite clearly intentional.’

Police said fires were started in multiple areas of the restaurant which was closed at the time.

The Good Samaritan delivery driver, Ibrahim El Akkaoui, on July 4 told reporters when he arrived at the restaurant he heard the victim screaming from the upper floor.

He and two others braved the flames and headed upstairs and passed the injured man through a window to waiting firefighters.

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