Brownhills resident Holly Jones has been in touch on Twitter to ask me to warn Brownhills folk, and appeal for information following the very unpleasant mugging of her partner Sam last Friday, 30th May 2014.
The attack took place on the footpath across Brownhills Common between the A5 Watling Street and Chester Road at 9:50am. A man believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, of average height and build, with a hoodie pulled tight around his face held a blade to Sam’s face and demanded he empty his pockets.
Sam somewhat bravely fought back, and made his escape.
The incident has been reported to the police who are investigating. I’ve asked them for a statement, and should one be forthcoming, I’ll post it here.
Can I ask everyone to be careful – someone tried to mug Sam this morning on the cut through path on the common between the A5 and Chester Road North.
The male, held a bladed object to his face and demanded he gave him everything in his pockets.
Luckily Sam managed to punch out at the male & got away with a few cuts to his cheek. He’s ok, but pretty shaken up.
Please take care.
It seems Sam showed remarkable presence of mind. Later, Holly posted:
Following my post earlier about what happened today, a few people have shared it to spread the word and asking people to take care.
I just received a private message from a lady we don’t know, asking me to thank him for her.
It turns out as he left the scene, Sam saw this lady with her children headed in that direction and warned her to turn around to stay safe.
Crime of this nature in Brownhills is relatively rare, although there was a reported robbery on The Black Path a couple of months ago. Take care, and watch out in isolated spots.
Please, if you have any information, do speak to the police. This person needs to be caught before they do it again. If you know who this might be, or if you saw anything at all, please do contact Walsall Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Some kind of actual description of the guy might be helpful. Ethnicity? Accent?
Since the victim appears to have been jumped from behind, I don’t think he got a good look at his assailant. All the info have is in the post and the police statement above.
Maybe it’s time for the police and authorities to consider better lighting for night time and maybe “Domehawk” cameras positioned along this route, I suggest this in response to fairly recent reports of so called “Flashers”, and the more recent robbery/attempt robberies that have occured, shall we wait until someone gets seriously hurt or should we do something before a tragedy occurs?
Concerned local resident