West Midlands Police are seeking witnesses to a terrifying unprovoked double stabbing which took place in Birmingham city centre yesterday (Wednesday 26th September).
The attacks happened as a National Express West Midlands number 61 bus pulled in to the bus stop on Bristol Road, close to the junction with Lee Bank Middleway at about 3.30pm
As people were getting on and off the bus, a man launched an unprovoked knife attack on two teenage victims. Both victims were males aged 18 years. One victim remains in a stable condition after suffering major stab wounds, at the time thought to be life threatening. The second victim sustained a minor stab would to the stomach and a scratch to the face.
Following the incident, the attacker fled the scene and boarded a number 47 bus out of the city. A fellow passenger heard him talking about what he had done and alerted West Midlands Police.
Police boarded the bus on Pershore Street and, following a violent struggle during which an officer was punched in the face, arrested a 22 year old man on suspicion of wounding. Three knives were seized during the arrest. The attacker was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard until he is in a fit state to be questioned.
Officers are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, from Force CID in Harborne, said: “This was a very fast-moving situation in an busy part of the city and there were lots of people around.
“I want to hear from anyone who saw any part of the incident, especially those who may have seen the attack itself, who witnessed him running away, or who was on the second bus.
“If you have not yet spoken to us, please give us a call on 101 as soon as possible.
“This was a scary incident for everyone involved but thanks to some swift action by the members of the public who called police, we were able to get the situation under control very quickly.
“At this stage we’re not looking for anyone else in connection with what happened.”
The 61 bus service runs between Birmingham City Centre, Selly Oak, Northfield and Frankley.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any part of the incident. Contact Harborne CID on 101