Real estate agent, 44, is stood down from his job after allegedly attacking his girlfriend, 27, and her friend, 29, with a SAMURAI SWORD – as police seize his BMW over ‘out of character’ attack
- Real estate agent Karl Howard, 44, accused of attacking two women on Monday
- Ray White Balmain principal allegedly punched a woman, 27, at his Sydney home
- NSW Police were called to the $2 million home at Annandale about 5am Monday
- Woman’s friend, 29, tried to intervene and was alleged hit with a samurai sword
- Howard is receiving treatment in hospital and has been stood down from his job
- Police seized two cars – including a work BMW – on Tuesday for the investigation
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Real estate agent Karl Howard (pictured) has been stood down from his job after an alleged attack on two women at his home on Monday
A prominent real estate agent has been stood down from his job over an alleged ‘out of character’ attack on two women on a quiet suburban street.
Karl Howard, 44, alleged attacked his girlfriend and her friend inside his multi-million dollar home on Ferris Street in Annandale, in Sydney’s inner-west, just after 5am on Monday.
Howard allegedly punched his 27-year-old girlfriend in the head, before turning on her friend – a 29-year-old – who tried to intervene.
It is understood he had met his girlfriend on a dating app in recent months.
Police allege Howard fled the scene and dumped his belongings in a skip bin just up the road, while the two women sought help from neighbours.
He was eventually arrested on nearby Macquarie Street and suffered an injury to his elbow while being restrained.
NSW Police returned to his home on Tuesday to seize two cars – including a BMW with a Ray White logo on the side – which will now be forensically examined as part of the investigation
NSW Police detectives watched on as the two cars were towed away from Howard’s garage
Howard – the principal at Ray White Balmain – is yet to be charged by police, but the real estate giant told Daily Mail Australia he had already been stood down.
Detectives returned to his home on Tuesday to seize two cars – including a BMW with a Ray White logo on the side – which will now be forensically examined as part of the investigation.
A long-time friend of Howard’s said the incident was ‘out of character’ for the highly respected real estate agent.
‘We’re all really worried about him,’ she said.
‘We’ll be there to support him, it is just really out of character. He’s a successful, very talented man… it’s very sad for him to be honest.’
Howard’s friend said the women he is alleged to have attacked ‘have not been on the scene long’.
In a statement, Ray White said they had decided to stand down Howard until the end of any criminal proceedings.
NSW Police are expected to lay charges in coming days with Howard still currently in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
‘The Ray White Group is an Australian family owned and led business and it expects a high standard of personal conduct from all its members in representing the brand,’ a spokesperson for the real estate giant said.
Police tape remains wrapped around a skip bin at a building site on Ferris Street – just some 50 metres from the scene of the alleged attack – where Howard’s wallet and phone were allegedly found
Blood can be seen on the footpath directly opposite Howard’s home, where his girlfriend and a friend ran for help after the alleged attack
Howard was eventually arrested on nearby Macquarie Street (pictured) and suffered an injury to his elbow during his arrest
‘Right now Mr Howard is in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital while he is at the centre of an ongoing police matter. We are concerned for the well-being of all involved and awaiting information from the investigation.’
The two women were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), where they remain in a stable condition.
Neighbours on the normally quiet street described the incident as ‘shocking’.
‘I got woken up early yesterday morning and saw the flashing lights from the police car, but didn’t realise just what had happened until I saw the news,’
‘It’s a really nice, quiet, leafy street. You don’t expect something so shocking to happen here.’