Man wanted for suspected attempted murder at a hotel posing online with guns
"After the suspected attempted murder of a woman at a luxurious hotel in Sydney's CBD recently shared photographs of himself carrying weapons, a man who police have cautioned could be "armed and dangerous.
After a 26-year-old woman was reportedly struck with a sledgehammer at the five-star Primus Hotel late on Tuesday night, a warrant was released for the arrest of Matthew Donaldson.
The 41-year-old is identified as being of Caucasian appearance, about 182 centimeters tall and with light brown hair of a heavy build.
On Thursday, the search for Mr. Donaldson started its second day, with officers scouring Blaxland in the NSW Blue Mountains, 65 kilometers from the $300-a-night Pitt Street hotel.
A home in Kingswood was searched by police on Wednesday.
The police said, "It is suspected he might be in the Blue Mountains region and may be armed with a weapon."
He attended Blaxland High School, is an avid gamer and visited a shooting center in western Sydney five years ago, according to Mr Donaldson's Facebook account.
He reportedly shared two pictures at 9.17pm on Tuesday from inside one of the 172 hotel rooms and suites with the caption: "Game done."
Asked what game he was playing, he answered: "I lost life or death."
Following news that a woman was hospitalized at around 11pm, emergency services were called to the hotel.
The first of the photos, showing the plush navy carpet, a game console next to the TV, and clothes and a bag scattered around the dining table and chairs, seems to be taken from the room. The second photo is of the mirror of a double marble bathroom and the tub.
A individual pretending to be Mr. Donaldson's best friend, who knew him from gaming, encouraged him to make contact on social media and said that after hearing about the suspected attack, he was in "full shock."
The police said that the woman, who was unknown to the man, had been found unconscious on a hotel bed with severe head and facial injuries.
On Wednesday, Acting Superintendent Paul Dunstan said the woman was' lucky to be alive.'
He said the police suspect that Mr. Donaldson "is probably armed, and he is threatening."
"What the police would describe as a small sledgehammer was also found within the room," he said.
A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told the Herald that two crews were dispatched to help the woman who had "ashes to her brow."
Paramedics treated the woman and rushed her to Camperdown's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Anyone seeing Donaldson is advised not to touch him, but to call him directly with triple zero.