The heroic man who made headlines and even started memes around the world after he used nothing more than a milk crate to stop the man accused of a stabbing rampage in Sydney has been identified.

Jase Shore, a former soldier, jumped into action when the accused allegedly killed a sex worker in a Sydney CBD unit before stabbing a woman on the corner of King and Clarence Street on Tuesday.

In footage captured from the incident by 7 News reporter Andrew Denney, Mr Shore could be seen using a milk crate to hold down the accused, who had been wielding a large knife.

Speaking out for the first time since the terrifying incident, Mr Shore too 9 News that he just grabbed whatever he could find when using a milk crate to detain the alleged attacker.

“I was coming around a corner, I think it just, it was just something there, at my feet, within arms reach, while I could still see the offender, so it was one of the only things I could grab at the time,” he said to 9 News.

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“My initial thought was to keep distance between me and him, and the blade really, or to try and get the blade and knock him down with that object.”

As Mr Shore and a number of other bystanders, including brother Paul and Luke O’Shaughnessy and a lawyer who chased the assailant down with a chair, held the accused attacker on the ground, he said that the accused looked “troubled”.

“To be honest he wasn’t really saying too much he looked troubled, and I think that was kind of the main point, we just asked everybody in the area just to sort of keep clear.”

The accused Sydney stabber remains under police guard in hospital and is yet to be charged.

Investigators are still attempting to piece together why he launched the attack.

He was allegedly carrying a USB stick with information about recent mass casualties in New Zealand and the United States, and could be heard on video footage shouting “Allahu akbar”.

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NSW Police have not classed the attack as a terrorist incident and have not identified any links to terrorist organisations.

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