THIS was the dramatic moment brave passers-by chased a knife-wielding thug before tackling him to the ground in a Birmingham street.
Footage shows the men heroically detaining the suspected thief in the Small Heath area of the city yesterday.
Footage captures the moment a suspected thief was detained by passers-by[/caption]
The 22-year-old was allegedly armed with this knife[/caption]
Police said the group gave chase after accusing the 22-year-old suspect of stealing a woman’s phone as she sat at a bus stop.
In the video the man can be heard begging with his captors, saying: “Please brother, let me go. I’m sorry I’ve f***ed up.” It’s alleged the suspect then threatened the men with a large kitchen knife. He was then wrestled to the ground and police were called.
West Midlands Police today praised the “public spirit” of the men who detained the suspect.
The force confirmed they received a 999 call at around 1.50pm on Saturday after members of the public detained the man on Grange Road, Small Heath.
A police spokesman said: “It’s understood the suspect, aged 22, snatched the phone from the woman as she sat at a bus stop before making off on a pedal cycle.
I’d like to praise the public spirit of the people involved in detaining the suspect…they were determined he wouldn’t get away and I applaud their bravery
Chief Inspector Stu Bill
“He was stopped by members of the public a short distance away but then threatened the group with what appeared to be a serrated carving knife.
“The man was arrested at the scene by police and transferred to hospital for treatment to injuries sustained during the citizens’ arrest.
“He remained in hospital overnight and will be interviewed in due course.”
Chief Inspector Stu Bill, of West Midlands Police, said: “I’d like to praise the public spirit of the people involved in detaining the suspect…they were determined he wouldn’t get away and I applaud their bravery.”
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It comes as knife crime surges across Britain.
At least 20 victims have been stabbed to death in London alone so far this year.
London suffering its bloodiest year in a decade as the number of murders hit 135 last year.
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The suspect was tackled to the ground[/caption]
One of the men in the group confront the suspect after accusing him of stealing a woman’s phone[/caption]