The best friend of wanted man Matthew Donaldson was alarmed when he woke up to find messages allegedly posted to his mate’s Facebook page saying ‘game over’.
Fearing his gaming buddy could be hinting at self-harm, the best mate tried to get in touch with Donaldson, 41. ‘Call me please Matt!!’ he wrote in a 6.54am message.
Hours later, NSW Police accused Donaldson, 41, from Sydney’s west, of attempting to murder a Belarussian woman in her 30s in a city’s five-star hotel room on Tuesday night.
Detectives allege that Donaldson assaulted the woman with a ‘small sledgehammer’ in a suite at the Primus Hotel on Pitt St, where rooms advertise for $300 a night.
A warrant was issued for Donaldson’s arrest on Wednesday night. Police said he may be in the Blue Mountains, where he grew up, and armed with a gun.
NSW Police on Wednesday issued a warrant for the arrest of Matthew Donaldson, alleging he attempted to murder a woman in her 30s in a Sydney hotel room
A man who described himself as Donaldson’s best friend sent his mate an urgent message asking for him to call him
‘I believed it to be a suicide attempt so I left a message for him to call me,’ the friend said. ‘I had no knowledge of any of this,’ he added, referring to the assault claims.
Emergency services rushed to the Primus Hotel about 11pm on Tuesday after receiving a tip-off from an anonymous caller.
The woman was found in the hotel room unconscious and covered in blood, police said.
Paramedics treated her for cuts to her head and images showed her hooked up to a respirator before being stretchered into an ambulance.
Police are searching for Donaldson and have warned anyone who may come across him to not approach him but to contact Triple Zero immediately.
Donaldson allegedly posted two images of the inside of a hotel room with the caption ‘game over’ on Tuesday evening, alarming friends
A Belarusian woman was rushed to hospital after she was allegedly assaulted with a sledgehammer in a Sydney hotel room on Tuesday night. She is pictured on a stretcher being treated by paramedics
‘Donaldson is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 182cm tall, solid build, with light brown hair,’ police said in a statement.
‘It’s believed he may be in the Blue Mountains area and may be armed with a firearm.’
According to his Facebook page, Donaldson went to school in Blaxland and has posted photos from Mt Riverview, both of which are located in the Blue Mountains.
The friend said Donaldson was never forthcoming about women or relationships we gamed together’ and he was ‘in complete shock’ about the police allegations.
Donaldson’s Facebook page features posts about how he spent 25 years gaming as well as photos of a multitude of consoles and a wall stacked entirely with various games.
Police remained at the scene throughout Wednesday after a woman was allegedly attacked with a sledgehammer late Tuesday. Pictured, forensic police taking away evidence
The alleged assault occurred at the Primus Hotel (pictured), a five-star hotel in Sydney’s CBD
Investigators said it was likely that the pair had never met before the alleged attack.
Donaldson allegedly rendezvoused with the woman in the hotel foyer before taking her up to his room.
The woman is understood to be in a serious but stable condition with Acting Superintendent Paul Dunstan saying she ‘is very fortunate to be alive’.
Primus Hotel is a luxury five-star hotel where rooms cost about $300 a night. Daily Mail Australia has contacted the hotel for comment.
A worker at a construction site next door described the chaotic scene when she began her shift at 6:30am on Wednesday.
Detectives remained at the 1930s style hotel on Wednesday morning as they collected evidence. Pictured is an officer at the Primus Hotel
Police said the woman was found seriously injured in a hotel room. Pictured is one of the 172 rooms at the Primus Hotel
‘Everyone was talking about it,’ the traffic controller told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We heard that someone had come into the hotel with a hammer and hit a woman over the head.
‘There were police, news reporters and forensic investigators running in and out of the hotel and it was pretty much chaos at that time.’
The young woman said guests she spoke to ‘didn’t hear anything last night’ and were shocked to find out about the grisly incident.
‘It’s very scary to know that something like this can happen where you work,’ the traffic controller said.
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