West Midlands Police have released a description of the man they are seeking in connection with the death of a woman in Northfield this morning.
The woman, believed to be 22 years old, died after she was stabbed while travelling as a passenger in a taxi. The incident happened at the junction of Dimsdale Road and Hoggs Lane in Northfield at around 8am. The man, believed to have been travelling in the taxi with the woman, ran from the scene.
DCI Wayne Jones, from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, said: “Officers have sealed off the scene of this incident, and are making significant enquiries in the local area as we search for the man who ran from the scene.
“We believe that the victim and the suspect are known to one another and one line of inquiry is that this incident is domestic related.
“The suspect we are searching for is described as a mixed-race Asian man, around 5ft 8in tall, in his 20s, with short black hair. He was wearing a dark jacket.
“We urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who has seen this man, to come forward and contact police.”
Superintendent Andy Shipman, from Birmingham South Police, added: “We urge local people to come forward to help with this investigation.
“Our officers are out in the area conducting house to house enquiries and speaking to members of the community to offer some reassurance to those distressed by this morning’s events.
“Violent crime is very rare in south Birmingham and we hope local people can be reassured that this is being treated as an isolated incident between two people, at this stage of the investigation.”
Relatives of the victim are being informed and will be supported by specialist liaison officers from West Midlands Police.
An article in The Guardian reports that the taxi was from 24/7 Radio Cars in Northfield and that the woman lived locally.
Anyone with information to help the police inquiry should call Force CID in Birmingham by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Video report from Birmingham Mail – including some local reaction